Investing in Denver green space

Uptown nonprofit planted trees and wrapped up fundraising last month

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After several months of raising money, the Turnverein has begun planting trees on the north side of its property to replace a long strip of cracked and crumbling asphalt along East 16th Avenue.

Volunteers from the Turnverein, an historic building at 1570 N. Clarkson St. that is home to several dance groups, and Uptown on the Hill, the area’s Registered Neighborhood Organization, took out the pavement and planted three trees in late April.

The goal, Turnverein excecutive director Judy Hopper said, is to turn the strip of concrete into a green area for people walking through Uptown or waiting for concerts at neighboring Fillmore Auditorium.

The Turnverein nonprofit started in 1865. The nonprofit focuses on dance education, from swing to tango, and is named for clubs that promoted social and physical activity.

Judy Trompeter, president of Uptown on the Hill, also helped with planning. The two organizations set up a Go Fund Me and called the project the Greenverein.

Although the Turnverein has been raising funds since late last year, Hopper said there was more interest in the Greenverein project when spring started.

“During the winter it was kind of slow going and nobody was really into gardening,” she said.

In February, when Life on Capitol Hill first wrote an article about Greenverein, Hopper said the nonprofit had raised about $4,000 (lifeoncaphill.com/stories/waltzing-into-green-space,276292).

The nonprofit has raised an additional $1,345 since then, Hopper said. The Colorado Cactus and Succulent Society donated $1,000 to the project after one of its members saw volunteers planting the trees in April. Colorado Cactus also donated plants, Hopper said.

Hopper also wants to add a variety of plants in the space, as well as some boulders or large rocks.

The Turnverein has been working with Denver Botanic Gardens for recommendations on local plants that require less water.

“We want to rearrange it so it’s not totally flat,” Hopper said. “We’re definitely going with low maintenance xeriscape plants.”

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