The greenhouse’s high levels of humidity, condensation and wide temperature swings have caused accelerated wear and tear.
Solution: Renovate all parts of the greenhouse with durable long-lasting materials.
The Greenhouse is NOT handicap accessible
Volunteers and visitors who are handicap can not access the 2nd floor, restrooms or walkways. The government will soon force public structures to comply with accessible guidelines and consequently the greenhouse will lose 40% of its growing spaces.
Solution: Expand the greenhouse to make up for loss of production space and make the greenhouse handicap accessible.
Lack of Growing Space
When the greenhouse is renovated to accommodate the disabled, widened aisles will result in a 40% loss of growing space. The Gardens are already unable to meet current demands for community beautification.
Solution: Expand the greenhouse to meet current and future needs of our community.
The Botanic Gardens has a long history of operating in a frugal manner by utilizing volunteers, community donations and renewable energy. However, an expanded greenhouse will increase operating costs.
Solution: Provide spaces that will generate revenue to cover greenhouse expenses (i.e rentable spaces for events, weddings and a museum store).
Dangerous intersection in South Lions Park
and pedestrian pathways
The intersection at Carey Avenue and S. Lions Park Drive has a sharp turn creating a dangerous intersection, especially for school buses. Pedestrians face crosswalk safety concerns at the Children’s Village.
Eliminate the dangerous intersection and crosswalk and replace it with a safer intersection as well as more pedestrian friendly pathways for increased safety.
Features available after the renovation and expansion
Increased space–Better accommodate volunteers, school groups and community gatherings, classes and events.
Increased plant production–Beautify all of Cheyenne’s current and future park and city plantings.
Stabilized funding—Through revenues from rentable spaces (i.e. weddings, museum store, event space, etc.) enabling the Gardens to reduce the need for tax dollars.
Scope pavilion/educational exhibit–A real submarine periscope (donated by the US Navy), along with microscopes and telescopes.
Road Alignment–A safer intersection entering South Lions Park, along with safer pedestrian interaction with traffic.
$14 million for renovation and construction:
$2 million for an operation and maintenance
Total= $16 million