As most of you who attended the August General Membership meeting are aware, plans are afoot to construct a Botanical Center on the grounds of the City-owned Gus Wortham Golf course. Jeff Ross was at the meeting to make his presentation on behalf of the Botanical Center and to field questions from Idylwood residents.
There are pros and cons to any venture, and there are Idylwood residents on both sides of this issue too.
President Wendy Thiessen has posted to the Yahoo! ICE Group as follows:
The HBG is dedicated to being an advocate for the East End. Problems that we’ve had with polluted water caused by illegal dumping, poor roads and walkways, run down buildings, etc… could potentially be remedied by having a multimillion dollar premier garden in our neighborhood. (Consider what the investment in Discovery Green has done for that area downtown.)
Jeff Ross will be in Idylwood on Monday. He will be going door to door to collect signatures of support for the HBG. (myself and some other supporters from Idylwood will be assisting him. If you will like to help as well, please let me know. We will meet in the park at 10am on Monday and Jeff can briefly any questions you may have to get caught up. Each volunteer will get an HBG hat to wear and identify yourself.)
In addition to that information here are some links to other botanical gardens that this one plans to be on par with.
- The New York Botanical Garden — http://www.nybg.org/
- Chicago Botanic Garden — http://www.chicagobotanic.org/
- Dallas Aboretum and Botanical Garden — http://www.dallasarboretum.org/
- Atlanta Botanical Garden — http://www.atlantabotanicalgarden.org/
President Wendy has also gathered some documents that may be helpful to you as you weigh whether or not you feel the Botanical Center is a welcome addition to the East End.
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Jeff will be going door-to-door in Idylwood tomorrow, Monday, September 2, along with Idylwood residents in support of the Botanical Center, to canvass residents about the project. This might be a good time to have your say in the comments below.