Silverthorne crews spruce up town |

Silverthorne crews spruce up town

Janice Kurbjunsummit daily news

Silverthorne Public Works employees have been busy planting portions of the more than 13,000 flowers kept in the town’s greenhouse until it came time to beautify several public areas in town. Through the end of June – the goal is to have planting complete by July 4 – lead parks coordinator Jess Roberts and her three-woman seasonal crew will be carting the colorful annuals to different spots around town. “It brightens (town) up,” Roberts said. “Passersby just want to see bright colors.” Which is the case where the Blue River butts up to 7-Eleven and the Blue River Trail. Pink petunias line the walkway, and citrus-colored poppies stand above them. Various flowers dance in the breeze under the trees’ shade. It took the crew four days to plant about 3,000 flowers. Roberts’ crew also targets Trent Park, Rainbow Park, highway off-ramps, Highway 9 medians, the recreation center and town hall for beautification. After July 4, they’ll be mostly maintaining the flowerbeds as they fill out. “We do it every year as long as council gives us money to plant,” Roberts said, adding, “I wish this lasted longer than just a month or two.” As the crew plants, town irrigation technician Geoff Bradley ensures the flowers and open spaces have water, Roberts said. A crew of five men are also out, but they’re doing maintenance on Hwy. 9, also known as the Blue River Parkway. They’re repairing plow damage, removing dirt and sand from winter operations, and preparing grass areas with thatching and cleaning. All parks are open to the public, thanks to efforts of the parks crews.

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