As usual, the college will plant and maintain the flower beds, but this time it will also assume the cost for watering the area, including turf, trees, flowers and shrubs. It also will pay for the fertilizer and seeds, and will plant several new trees in the median, which runs from Uintah Avenue to Cache La Poudre Street.
The college plans to plant 10 new trees (a maple, six crab apples and three oaks), as well as three Canadian cherry trees donated by the Old North End Neighborhood. The three cherry trees will be planted together, symbolizing the collaboration between Colorado College, the Old North End Neighborhood and Colorado Springs Utilities.
The college has chosen native drought- and disease-tolerant plants for the area. Jerry Switzer, grounds supervisor at Colorado College, estimates it will cost the college between $3,500 and $4,500 this year to water the median, an area of about 42,000 square feet. With the careful selection of plants and controlled watering, the median will look just as welcoming as in the past, but with less water usage, Switzer said. “We’re trying to have better water usage and still have a better product.
“The center median is part of the campus, as much as any other place,” Switzer said of the college’s decision to take on the costs of maintaining the area. “The cost to us is worth it to keep the continuity and beauty of the campus throughout.”
Additionally, the college has planted xeric grasses and shrubs in two beds on Nevada Avenue, and has assumed all costs for watering and maintaining those beds.
For Colorado Springs’ 2010 Arbor Day celebration and to note the city’s 33rd year as a “Tree City USA,” a tree-planting ceremony will take place at 10 a.m., Friday, on Cutler Quad. Representatives from city forestry, Colorado Springs Fire Department, Wildland Fire, Colorado Springs Utilities, Friends of Monument Valley Park, the Old North End Neighborhood and the Colorado State Forest Service will be in attendance.
For information, directions or disability accommodation at the event, members of the public may call (719) 389-6607.