Volunteers needed to beautify median

Broadway project part of Xcel’s statewide day of service

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The Highlands Ranch Metro District wants its residents’ help in making the community a more beautiful place to live. Volunteers are needed from 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 7 to help plant flowers and spruce up the appearance of the two-acre landscaped median on Broadway between Dad Clark and Plaza drives.

The project is part of Xcel Energy’s Day of Service, a statewide event during which community members are encouraged to work together to beautify their parks.

It’s also the completion of work that began in 2012 when volunteers helped remove dead plants, prune trees and clean up the area. It coincides with anticipated September completion of the Broadway and C-470 interchange improvements. 

“This year, we just want to finish that project by going in and putting in some new plant materials that’ll really spiff that median up,” said Carrie Ward, the district’s director of parks, recreation and open space. “We’ll do some mass plantings of some really beautiful long-blooming roses, and we’re replacing some of the trees we had to take out.”

The median work is part of a larger goal to improve Highlands Ranch’s community entries, including the large sandstone monument signs.

Volunteers can sign up to help at http://xcelenergy.ivolunteer.com. They may also call the metro district’s volunteer coordinator, Stacy Simonet, at 303-791-0430.