Have you wanted to get rid of your grass and plant vegetables gardens and xeriscape landscapes instead? You are not alone! Many Athmar Park residents want to make this transformation, but want to learn more about how to do it and be part of a supportive community. The Athmar Park “Transform Your Lawn” program is designed to inspire, empower and support households in our neighborhood to replace their grass with xeriscape and food gardens. It was developed by the Athmar Park Neighborhood Association, and is funded in part by the Sustainable Neighborhood Matching Fund award from the City and County of Denver.
The SNMF is a matching grant project that offers Denver neighborhood groups resources and online tools to raise funds for resident-led projects that further enhance the environmental and social strength of their communities. Four grant awardees were selected from 13 proposals. Awarded funds ranged from $1,100 to $2,500. Grant recipients must match their City funding with cash, donated materials and services, and volunteer hours to complete each project.
“We are excited to support these neighborhoods as they take on projects to advance energy and water efficiency, healthy food access, and active transportation,” says Taylor Moellers, Sustainable Neighborhoods Program Coordinator.
(from the press release)
If you want to:
Beautify your home and our community
Be more sustainable
Save on your water bill
Inspire neighbors to make the change!
Join us and enjoy:
Fun events: we will have a launch event on Thursday May 12th, work parties, tours of transformed lawns, and a progressive dinner to celebrate our Lawn Transformers. These are all free and open to everyone!
Helpful Resources: we are compiling links to valuable resources on our website—find out about free nearby gardening classes, see sample xeriscape planting plans, and learn what vegetable plants need to be planted when. Hear from a Denver Master Gardener at our launch event. Check out our list of resources here.
A Support Network: Connect with neighbors who are excited to transform their lawns, and share tips, questions, problem-solving.
Discounts at local stores TBA
Thanks to our Lawn Transformers
Fifteen households have been accepted to be our official Lawn Transformers this season. They have committed to transforming a substantial section of their front lawns; they will participate in work parties and receive the benefit of a rented sod cutter and xeriscape plants. These lawns will provide great inspiration to others wanting to make these changes, and help make our neighborhood more beautiful and sustainable!