Activating Vacant Public Spaces- The Larimer Village Green
The Larimer Green Team recently reached a critical moment within the organization. Members have begun to ask themselves, “what do we do now?” The Larimer Community Garden and Urban Farm is a huge success. A study of the garden, conducted by students of Chatham University’s School of Sustainability and the Environment, concluded that residents overwhelmingly saw the garden as an important community asset, and appreciated the value it brings to revitalizing the neighborhood. As the June 2nd planting day approaches almost all of the beds on one half of the garden are occupied (yours truly has been roped into purchasing a bed). A children’s play space is in the works for the other half the garden lot and a rain garden is being installed on a lot one block away in the coming months.
On Saturday, May 19, 2012, “What do we do now?” happened. The Larimer Green Team partnered with its fellow Action Team, Celebrate!, and the Faith Based committee of the Larimer Consensus Group to organize the first Larimer Community Gospel Fest. Residents and visitors brought their children and chairs to the garden and listened to live gospel performances, ate barbeque and chatted with neighbors and friends. A vendor was on hand to provide the children with icy treats. Many explored the Environment and Energy Community Outreach Center (EECO Center) which was opened its doors for the event.