The Lowry Child Development Center landscape improvements, which were finished in June 2008, was one of the first Better Denver-funded Projects to be completed in the Bond Program. The effort transformed the grounds of the Center from a minimal environment to a green, multi-textured area of pleasing plants, grasses and trees, with proud new signage.
With "sustainable design" and Denver Greeprint LEED principles in mind, landscape architects from Humphries/Poli created a xeriscape design. They carefully chose plants with low maintenance and low water use needs.
High Plains prairie grass sees that needs mowing only severl times a year, and drought tolerant native trees, shrubs and ground cover were planted. Sod was only used in the play yard for the children and the rest of the grounds were developed with native "water wise" plant materials to save on irrigation. Denver Parks and Recreation donated some of the trees that were planted at the Center. A new sign, mojnted on handsome stone, announces the Lowry Child Development Center, and its operator, Mile High Montessori.