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40,000 Flowers Planted For All To Enjoy

The summer 2009 Parks Department Staff consists of 23 employees. Pictured here are (top row) Tyler Stevens, Kyle Bangs, John Oja, Mike Evanek, Bruce Kane, Sarah Baker, Katie Schmidt, Emily Schorstein, Rebekah Roskam, Dakota Gillen, (middle row) Kayla Laut, Nicole Winslow, Keri Iverson, Russ Franklin, (bottom row) Blake Hinson, Jordan Coleson, Laura Thompson, Tonya Ziegler and Tamara Monroe. Not pictured are Kathy Sullivan, Cally Leadley, Tami Hendrickson and Susan Williams.  Courtesy photo

The summer 2009 Parks Department Staff consists of 23 employees. Pictured here are (top row) Tyler Stevens, Kyle Bangs, John Oja, Mike Evanek, Bruce Kane, Sarah Baker, Katie Schmidt, Emily Schorstein, Rebekah Roskam, Dakota Gillen, (middle row) Kayla Laut, Nicole Winslow, Keri Iverson, Russ Franklin, (bottom row) Blake Hinson, Jordan Coleson, Laura Thompson, Tonya Ziegler and Tamara Monroe. Not pictured are Kathy Sullivan, Cally Leadley, Tami Hendrickson and Susan Williams. Courtesy photo

Geraniums, petunias, nicotiana, impatiens, marigolds, salvia and cosmos are just a few types of flowers planted by the Town of Estes Park’s flower crew each year. Not to mention the perennials-Shasta daisy, echinacea, daylily, ornamental grass, oriental poppy, catmint, salvia and columbine. Around 40,000 of them are planted each summer for the enjoyment of Estes Park residents and visitors.

Eleven people comprise the flower crew but additional help is required from all employees of the Parks Department. In all, five full-time and 18 seasonal employees keep the community looking vibrant and beautiful.

Keri Iverson, who oversees the flower crew operations, commented on the process. “We plant, fertilize, weed, deadhead and do all the maintenance on about 65 flower beds throughout the community.” The crew also cares for 22 oversized flower pots which are scattered at locations around Town.

Liquid Fence is the key to keeping elk, deer and small animals from eating the flowers. It’s an organic substance with an offensive smell to animals.

The Parks Department is responsible for the maintenance, renovation and management of all Town-owned park land. It maintains its own greenhouse, ten acres of turf, 28 irrigation systems, several bronze sculptures and many landscape projects. The staff cares for the grounds of the Estes Park Museum, the Senior Center, Stanley Park Fairgrounds, the Estes Park Volunteer Fire Department and adjacent Bureau of Reclamation property, the Light and Power Building and the entrance to the Stanley Historic District. For more information on the Town of Estes Park Parks Department, please call 970-577-3588 or visit www.estes.org/publicworks.

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