Estes Park Trail Gazette – Estes Park in bloom project starts May 17

The first Estes Park in Bloom project is scheduled to take place on May 17. Through a partnership of the town’s Parks Division, the Estes Park Tree Board, Eagle Rock School and Platte River Power Authority, 70 aspen trees will be planted in the area of the Scott Avenue ponds, to aid in natural contaminant filtration.

Approximately 25 students from Eagle Rock School will plant the trees in celebration of Arbor Day. Platte River Power Authority, which generates Estes Park’s electricity, will donate $1,500 to fund the trees. The town’s Parks Division will provide the soil, mulch and elk fencing for the project. For more information on this project, please contact the Parks Division at 970-577-3783.

This is the first year Estes Park is participating in America in Bloom. Locally known as Estes Park in Bloom, the project is a community-wide effort involving businesses, residents and town government. America in Bloom is a non-profit, nationwide program promoting beautification through education and community involvement, while utilizing flowers, plants, trees, and other lifestyle enhancements.

America in Bloom is the only organization of its kind offering an award program with on-site, one-on-one mentoring and coaching by a team of expert judges. The team will be in Estes Park July 11 and 12 and will provide the local committee with a detailed, written evaluation following its visit. The evaluation is based upon six criteria: floral displays, urban forestry, landscaped areas, heritage preservation, environmental efforts and the overall impression/cleanliness of the community.

Since America in Bloom was founded in 2001, nearly 200 cities in 40 states have participated. For more information or to become involved in the Estes Park in Bloom project, contact Keri Kelly at 970-577-3782 or email

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