The Park People worked in partnership with The Nature Conservancy, Globeville Elyria-Swansea (GES) Coalition, and neighborhood residents on the Greener, Healthier GES project. Through this project, we piloted a process-oriented, block-scale approach to community forestry that focuses on resident engagement in visioning, defining, and implementing greening projects in their neighborhood.
We worked alongside 3 groups of residents in the neighborhood, facilitating community visioning and planning meetings in each of these ‘zonas verdes’ (green zones). throughout the summer Then, in the autumn, residents implemented their projects with the help of volunteers. Together, we planted 58 trees, 60 shrubs, and 302 flowering perennials, helping to transform parts of this under-canopied neighborhood of Denver.
These trees will grow to shade and cool residents’ homes and the broader neighborhood, reduce energy bills, improve air quality, decrease flooding, and provide residents with a more beautiful, welcoming daily experience of their neighborhood.