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Community garden to come to Breckenridge

Janice Kurbjun
Summit Daily News
Daily file photo The Living Classroom in Frisco is in its first year. A proposed community garden may be twice the size.

The High Country Conservation Center is working with the Town of Breckenridge, Summit Landscaping and Matthew Stais Architects to design and build the first community garden in Breckenridge, scheduled to launch next summer.

The garden, which is in its preliminary stages, is expected to be bigger than The Living Classroom in Frisco, and should be located at the proposed recycling facility near the intersection of Airport Road and Coyne Valley Road – land the town has provided.

“We collectively would like a community garden,” Breckenridge spokeswoman Kim DiLallo-Dykstra said. “The Breckenridge community had said it’s important to them.”

The facility could include an office to staff a supervisor (enabling the center to accept more recyclables), placards to educate passersby about recycling and a comfort station for bicyclists using a potentially re-routed recpath through the area. The center is being designed by Matthew Stais Architects in partnership with Vargas and High Country Conservation Center for the community garden portion.

“It’s still in the conceptual stages,” said Stais, who has been contracted as the project architect and manager and previously donated his time to create The Living Classroom greenhouse in Frisco. “We’re not sure where it’s going, but it’s like a magnet. It’s attracting all these other ideas.”

The proposed community garden will have more land than the latest Frisco garden, at one-fifth of an acre, and has room to expand, HC3 director Jen Santry said. She added that the goal is to still have 40 plots, but they’ll have larger gardening space in each.

The interest is there, she added. All the community gardens have waiting lists, and a portion of Frisco plotholders drive from Blue River and Breckenridge already.

Permits and plans will be tended to this fall and winter, and constructing could start as soon as the snow melts in spring, Santry said.

“Our growing season is so short. We need to get the beds built, but it can happen fairly quickly,” she said.

Stais said the project may take longer, depending on what takes shape this fall and winter as plans are finalized and put on paper.

“It’s a project that will be with us for a long time, so we don’t want to rush in,” he said.

For Summit Landscaping owner Rod Vargas, the goal for the community garden piece is to have a facility that’s attractive to onlookers but is still functional. Currently, his business sponsors The Living Classroom in Frisco, including materials costs, staff time for workshops and a cash scholarship opportunity.

“We see a lot of need and desire from the community to be involved in something like that,” he said.

Volunteers are needed to support the garden, as well as folks to help with the steering committee, donate materials and sponsor the garden.

“It’s going to be a big project, but it’s going to be a better recycling facility, more education, and a community garden spot. You can’t go wrong with that,” Santry said.

Learn more about the Breckenridge community garden initiative, volunteer to help or sign up for a plot by emailing

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