In August of 2012 Laramie County voters gave a thumbs up to the proposal to renovate the existing Cheyenne Botanic Gardens Greenhouse, add to the greenhouse space with the construction of a new greenhouse/conservatory and rework roads in South Lions Park for increased safety and accessibility. Read more about the problems to be solved and the 2012 ballot proposal here.
There are many common questions that we get about this upcoming construction. Here are some answers to those questions.
Q. When will construction begin?
A. We currently anticipate phase I construction (mostly park road work) to begin in September of 2013. The rest of the construction should begin in late 2013 or early 2014 (depending upon the weather). Construction should be completed sometime in 2016.
Q. How will the roads be changed in the park during and after construction?
Q. Will the Botanic Gardens be closed during construction?
A. No. We will remain open throughout construction. There will be a temporary period when all operations (bedding plant production, etc.) will move into the new greenhouse/conservatory, while the old greenhouse will be refurbished.
Q. What will become of the old Greenhouse?
A. It will be totally refurbished and then it will mainly be a plant production facility (bedding plants, food, flowers etc.). It will also include some offices and a volunteer locker room and volunteer break room. It will be open to the public on most days.
Q. Will there be any trees removed in the park?
A. No one loves trees more than the staff and volunteers at the Botanic Garden. Every effort has been made to minimize the removal of trees. However, in order to utilize the narrow site, there will be some trees that will be removed. These include:
Q. What are the estimated phases of construction?
Q. What are the impacts of this new construction on the overall green space in Lions Park?
A. The relocation of South Lions Park Drive will actually be shorter than the old road location (by almost a third), and because the new parking lot is not much larger than the original parking lot, there will be a minimum loss of green space in Lions Park.
The new Greenhouse technically is a building, but it is green inside with tropical trees, flowers and plants. Therefore this area should be considered green space.
In addition, the Cheyenne Parks and Recreation has decided to add additional new irrigated turf in an area in southeast Lions park where there is currently no irrigation to make up for irrigated park land that is lost due to the construction associated with the renovation and expansion.