DU Bridge Community Garden
In May 30, 2009 a ribbon-cutting ceremony marked the end of an effort by volunteers from DU, the surrounding neighborhoods and Denver Urban Gardens to transform the land—purchased by the University in 2005—into a workable garden. Located across from Centennial Halls at 1819 S. High St., the DU Bridge garden is a place for students, staff, and neighbors to come together to grow fruits vegetables, and community.
Members of the DU Environmental Team, a student organization, and the All Undergraduate Student Association Senate worked throughout the 2008-09 academic year to obtain administrative approval for the garden. “It started out certainly because of environmental reasons. But now I can see the huge benefits for the community in terms of building stronger bonds and mobilizing to tackle other issues,” says Ben Waldman, DU alumni.
“It’s a small little way of showing the neighborhood that gardening can really be a way to bring about community involvement. It has been really rewarding,” says Dawn Gardener, a community member who has gardened at the DU Bridge garden since 2009.
The garden contains 12 plots, an herb garden, a tool shed and a community-compost system. The addition of picnic benches, chairs and a grill also enhance the space. Several neighbors have credited the Bridge Garden with helping to break down the “invisible wall” between DU and the surrounding community.