|Panoramic view of Grant Park, future site of Botanical Gardens|
Botanical Gardens gets the “green” light
On December 6 the Ventura City Council voted unanimously
to approve the lease option for the Ventura Botanical Gardens to be
located in Grant Park above city hall, one of the city's most stunning
pieces of land.
The Ventura Botanical Garden supporters have spent three years building support, researching and developing their vision of having a public garden which could include everything from native wildflowers, indigenous species and redwood trees to hiking paths. Additionally, the group envisions a gift shop, telescopes on site, a tram leading downtown, and perhaps one day, a much needed amphitheatre and educational center.
Grant Park has a quiet, majestic character with its stoic cross, poignant figurative bridges to the area’s history, and a surreal panoramic view of glorious hillsides and coastline. Local non-profit, Ventura Botanical Gardens, Inc. (VBGI) picked the park out of 17 potential sites as the ideal setting for Ventura’s own botanical garden. 107 acres with a 360-degree view overlooking downtown Ventura, the coastline, the mountains and the area’s expansive agricultural fields.
In a previous issue of the Breeze Doug Halter, vice president of VBGI stated that “I can tell you, I have never been so excited about a project. Having chosen a site, VBGI will next seek approval from City commissions and form partnerships with other community organizations, such as the Tourism Bureau and Arts Council, in order to move ahead.”
Despite the ongoing economic challenges faced by our nation, VBGI is committed to pursuing the opportunity to transform a breathtaking, yet underutilized site, into a cultural venue of regional and national importance. They have stated “We are dedicated to bringing such a garden experience to our county. To this end, we have spent countless hours developing a Vision Plan and negotiating a lease and lease option with the City of Ventura.”
Photo by Jane Stites
|For more insightful
articles about the Ventura community,
be sure to pick-up your free copy of the Ventura Breeze at a newstand near you,
or click here to read online.