GARLAND COUNTY LIBRARY ANNOUNCES PLANS FOR COMMUNITY GARDEN, PARK, AND OUTDOOR PROGRAMMING AREA

Hot Springs, Ark –August 19, 2022- The Garland County Library will revitalize the property along Banks Street, from the upper parking lot to the RIX Professional Building. Construction on the garden is anticipated to begin as early as this fall. 

Library Design and Facilities Manager, Butch Smith, is working with local architects, library staff, and community members to maximize the space to its fullest potential. “We designed this garden with the idea that our community could gather in a beautiful, natural space and share their love of nature, gardening, and books. We want to provide a spot where library users can experience the importance of native plants and animals and how connected they are to us. We hope that this is the first step in growing the Garland County Library as a true community center and creating a space where our patrons can see how lucky we are to live in beautiful Hot Springs in the Natural State.” 

Plans for the community garden include:

  • 40 raised gardening beds for individual patron maintenance, measuring 2’ wide x 8’ long x 3’ tall

  • Several flowering pollinator areas for butterflies, birds, and local wildlife

  • A hammock village under giant shade structures

  • An outdoor amphitheater for library programming

  • A Japanese garden in honor of the Hot Springs/Hanamaki Japan Sister City Program

  • Various fruit trees and berry bushes

  • ADA-accessible walking paths and park tables

There is an opportunity for community members to contribute to the garden project by sponsoring elements of the garden, from engraved paver bricks to park benches to sponsoring the garden in its entirety.

Library Marketing Manager Erin Baber said, “we want to offer the engraved bricks at cost for our community. Having your name or your child’s name on a brick in a library garden is pretty special so they should be as affordable as possible.” Paver bricks are available for $30 each and can include a total of 45 characters on three lines of text. “We’re offering the paver bricks at cost - so the library will not profit from selling those, but there are plenty of other ways a person can contribute to the garden - by sponsoring a larger ticket item, making any monetary donation, and by showing support for the library’s future.”
 

Other sponsorship opportunities include:

  • Paver bricks: 4” x 8”, 3 lines of text - 15 characters per line. $30 each 

  • Raised beds:  2’ x 8’ x 32”; 40 available at launch. $400 each 

  • ADA Park Tables: 4 available. $1,700 each 

  • Stone Benches: 4 available. $1,800 each 

  • Park Benches: 4 available.  $2,200 each 

  • Shade Structures: 3 available. $15,000 each 

  • The raised bed garden area as a whole: $20,000 (area only, i.e. “The Gordonelle Williams Gardening Space”)

  • Orchard: $20,000

  • Amphitheater: $25,000   

  • Garden In Its Entirety: $300,000 

Paver bricks can be purchased at the Garland County Library with check or money order only. All other garden sponsorship questions or purchases can be made by contacting Butch Smith at bsmith@gclibrary.com or by phone at 501-623-4161.

For more information about the library’s services and offerings, visit www.gclibrary.com, call 501-623-4161, or visit the library in-person at 1427 Malvern Avenue in Hot Springs. Find updates about the library’s growth at www.gclibrary.com/grows
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