San Isabel wins grant to benefit The Bluff

 

San Isabel Land Protection Trust’s efforts to enhance The Bluff Park have received a $3,000 boost from the Colorado Garden Foundation.

 

 

The grant will be used to help install perennial, deer- and drought-tolerant gardens and native landscaping, develop educational programs for local students and create a community group to support The Bluff Park, the centerpiece of downtown Westcliffe and a focal point for area events and festivals.

San Isabel plans to use the park as an outdoor classroom to connect young people to the park and the greater outdoors. Students will be asked to help select plants and design and install a pollinator-focused garden at The Bluff.

The land trust also will work to create a “Friends of the Bluff” group to help maintain the plantings and help with educational activities. The goal is to promote stewardship of this key community asset.

The land trust owns much of the Bluff Park at the west end of Main Street in Westcliffe and has protected it with a conservation easement so that the community may enjoy it forever. The park offers sweeping views of the Wet Mountain Valley and Sangre de Cristo Mountains. A steady stream of visitors and residents enjoy the park, the site of music festivals, night sky viewing parties and recreational use throughout the year. San Isabel and the town of Westcliffe co-manage the park.

The Colorado Garden Foundation funds horticulture and horticultural-related projects that promote research, education, therapy and community improvements. To date, the foundation has awarded more than $7.2 million to projects across the state. 

Janet Smith

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