Southeast facing view of what median would look like with some of the ornamental grasses and shrubs identified for use.
BY FREDA MIKLIN
At a community meeting held at Greenwood Village City Hall Jan. 17, Greenwood Village’s Parks, Trails and Recreation Department presented photos and described plans for its designed installation of colorful trees, shrubs and ornamental grasses in the Belleview Avenue medians between Quebec Street and University Boulevard.
The medians have long been an eyesore for residents of GV and Cherry Hills Village. Although Belleview Avenue is a state highway, the Colorado Department of Transportation has long taken the position that it has no budget for landscaping. After discussion, the 2017 GV City Council decided to use its available resources to make the improvements for the benefit of area residents, though it still hopes to share some costs with other area organizations. Design was finished in 2018 and the plan, included in GV’s 2019 capital improvement program budget, is scheduled to get started right away. The project will take one year to fully complete, though work will be suspended in the fall and winter.
Thirty residents of GV and CHV attending the meeting were happy to hear that this much-wanted improvement to the area is finally getting done. Also attending included new CHV Mayor Russell Stewart, along with CHV city council member Mike Gallagher, former CHV city council member Earl Hoellen, and CHV city manager Jim Thorsen. In addition to staff and consultants, GV was represented by city council members Anne Ingebretsen and Dave Bullock, both strongly supportive and excited about the project.
Northeast facing view of what median would look like with plant materials and tree on the list of species named at public meeting. Courtesy photos
The medians will contain sweeping rolling bands of ornamental grasses that have long bloom times, are known to do well in road medians, and are drought tolerant. Shrubs and perennials, such as nearly wild rose, windwalker royal red salvia, and coral canyon twinspur, along with sandstone boulders and hearty decorative trees will also be used. Photos of the identified species of trees, shrubs, ornamental grasses, and perennials that will be incorporated into the design can be seen on greenwoodvillage
Once final plans are reviewed and a contractor selected, construction will begin in May with soil preparation and irrigation installation. Trees and boulders will be installed in August, after which the project will be suspended until April 2020, when final installation of ornamental grasses, shrubs and perennials will be completed.
David Foster, GV parks project manager, who can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 303-486-5786 is heading up the project.
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