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Town’s Parks Division Renovates Peacock Park, Plants 34,000 Flowers For All To Enjoy

Members of the Town’s Parks Division are pictured at Peacock Park. The division has 5 full-time employees and 15 seasonal employees. Courtesy photo

2011 marks the completion of the redesign and renovation of Peacock Park, a small “pocket park” on West Elkhorn Avenue. It is located alongside Fall River, north of the Weist Parking Lot and west of the Riverspointe development. The Town of Estes Park’s Parks Division staff began working on the project in the fall of 2010 and completed work earlier this summer. Peacock Park was originally a Boy Scout project. After the Lawn Lake flood in 1982, the park was renovated by the now-dissolved Estes Park Urban Renewal Authority as part of its downtown streetscapes project.

In order to update the park to a more user-friendly space, crews removed old shrubs, soil, turf and the irrigation system to make way for two new wooden benches, as well as 33 new shrubs, 210 perennial flowers and a tree. Boulders were used to raise the flower bed and picnic area to create a barrier from the river. They also installed stonework and new picnic tables, including one that is handicap accessible.

In addition to Peacock Park, the Parks Division is responsible for the maintenance, renovation and management of all Town-owned park land. This includes the planting and management of the numerous flower pots and beds throughout downtown. In 2011 alone, crews planted 34,000 annual and perennial flowers — geraniums, petunias, impatiens, marigolds, salvia, daisies, echinacea, daylily, ornamental grass, oriental poppy, catmint, salvia and columbine, to name a few. 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 Division also maintains its own greenhouse, ten acres of turf, 28 irrigation systems, several bronze sculptures and numerous landscape projects. The staff cares for grounds including the Estes Park Museum, the Senior Center, the Knoll-Willows open space, the Light and Power Building and the entrance to the Stanley Historic District.

For more information, contact the Town of Estes Park Public Works Department at 970-577-3588. To receive Town news and/or meeting agendas in your email inbox, please email townadmin@estes.org.

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