Twelve households ditched grass in favor of low-water native plants and helped make a new neighborhood program a fabulous step towards a more beautiful, sustainable, and community-oriented Athmar Park. Here are some before and after pictures:
The Athmar Park “Transform Your Lawn” program was designed to inspire, empower and support households in our neighborhood to replace their grass with xeriscape and food gardens. 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.
In May, a launch event was held at Chain Reaction Brewing to introduce the program and provide education and inspiration around saving water and money by making better landscaping choices. Ruby Hill resident Sharona Thompson presented on the topic of Permaculture to approximately thirty attendees.
The twelve official “Lawn Transformer” households all agreed to remove part of their grass lawns and replace it with low-water plants/mulch/stone etc. They received the use of a rented sod cutter, as well as fifteen plants. And participated in work parties to remove sod and plant. The work parties were a great opportunity to meet neighbors and get our hands dirty working on a tangible project that can now be witnessed as your drive around! In addition to the twelve in this program, take note of all the great work being done by many in Athmar Park to beautify and conserve on their properties.
Stay tuned for more details of a progressive brunch/tour at the end of the summer! And please help support our ability to continue this program by purchasing an Athmar Park reusable shopping bag, available for $10 at the Farmers Market taking place every other Saturday across from the Athmar Park Library.