12-14-2017 Work continues on Watervliet District Library’s Garden Park; Bob Clark addresses Paw Paw

Work continues on Watervliet District Library’s Garden Park

 Initial planning for the park’s renovation began in 2014. The Library Board began bringing to life their long hoped for renovation of the Library’s park property at 333 Main.

Utilizing the Library’s educational outreach potential, the project objectives were to create a public garden to enhance the well-being of the community and bring awareness to the importance of green space in urban environments. With these goals in mind, the garden was designed to promote environmentally responsible gardening practices that support essential pollinator habitats.

A three-phase plan for the garden developed for specific improvements and the Board began fund raising.

The first phase of the project was completed as scheduled in 2016. Included in this phase were tree removal and site preparation, electrical & plumbing upgrades, new signage, Legacy Walk, plant installation and irrigation.

Work continues on Phase 2 of the project which includes a garden pergola, granite benches for seating in the garden and interpretive signage. The grant application for Phase 2, “Taking the Library Outside,” was submitted to the Fredrick S. Upton Foundation in March 2017 and awarded to the Library towards completion of this phase.

Partnering with Trident Dock & Dredge of Watervliet to design, construct and contribute funding, the garden’s pergola was constructed this fall. Granite garden benches were also installed with grant monies and a contribution from Culby’s Landscape Supply of Benton Township.

As the garden continues to mature, the Library welcomes everyone to enjoy the park and its beauty in all four seasons! Fund raising continues for Phase 3 which will include landscape lighting and garden art.

On behalf of the Library Board and staff, sincere thanks to the following generous donors. Fredrick S. Upton Foundation, Trident Dock & Dredge, Watervliet DDA, Culby’s Landscape Supply and all supporters who have purchased Legacy Bricks and made private donations have made these projects possible.

The Library continues to sell bricks for the Legacy Walk supporting the next phase and future improvements. Legacy Walk forms are available at the Library; Legacy Bricks make great commemorative gifts!

The Library Park Legacy Walk may be covered in snow, but many bricks are waiting for spring and new inscriptions. Those looking for local opportunities to honor a memory can consider the Watervliet District Library’s brick inscription program.

The brick project was implemented as part of the Library Park renovation plans, as a means to honor local businesses, institutions, individuals and memories.