|Capital Campaign News|
The Historic Barns Park on the grounds of the Grand Traverse Commons is home to the newly evolving Botanic Garden of Northwest Michigan. The Recreational Authority of Traverse City & Garfield Township, owners of the Park, and the Botanical Garden Society of Northwest Michigan, manager of 25 acres within the Park, are partnering on a $1.5 million capital campaign to raise revenues to restore the beautiful Cathedral Barn for public events and build the first phase of the Botanic Garden.
Renovation of the Cathedral Barn will include preservation of the original floors and interior architecture, fire suppression, heating, ventilation and air conditioning as well as restrooms and mechanicals at the lower level. It will also provide for grading site work at the amphitheater. These improvements will result in both indoor and outdoor venues for public events such as concerts, weddings, conferences and other community activities.
Phase One of the Garden will include renovation of the old granary building as a Visitor and Interpretive Center and classroom, restoration of the stone foundation of the original horse barn for a walled garden, and construction of three additional gardens.
The Botanical Garden Society is engaging the services of the internationally known landscape firm, Nelson Byrd Woltz, to design the gardens at the site. Landscape architects for the Flight 93 Memorial in Pennsylvania, the St Lous CityGarden, and numerous public and private gardens and ecological restorations around the globe, the firm designed the original Master Site Plan for the Historic Barns Park as well. The firm's founding designer, Warren Byrd, is overseeing work at the site.
For further information or to support the Historic Barns Park and Botanic Gardens, visit the GT Regional Community Foundation.