City Cuts Ribbon On State-Of-The-Art Greenhouse Complex

Thursday July 28th, 2022

Posted at 2:01pm

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The city has cut the ribbon on the new $7.5 million greenhouse complex at Jackson Park.

The complex consists of multiple structures including a 22,000-square-foot greenhouse that will supply the City’s future plant and flower needs, and a 3,500-square-foot multipurpose greenhouse that will allow for year-round gardening displays and educational programming.

The new complex replaces the 104-year-old Lanspeary Park facilities.

The new complex features the latest technology in greenhouse design, with computerized controls, automated venting systems and irrigation, and rooftop shading that will improve energy and operational efficiencies.

Wit the new complex, city staff will now be able to grow all of the annuals, perennials, hanging baskets, and planters used throughout the city, saving over $75,000 per year. This additional space also provides the City an opportunity to continue to over-winter and cultivate specialty plants, and to enter into partnerships to provide plants for other local municipalities.

The space at Lanspeary Park that is freed up from retiring the old greenhouse complex will be used for recreational green space in the future. The City is currently conducting multiple rounds of public consultation to help shape the updated Lanspeary Park Master Plan, and the next round of consultation will begin in early August.

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