Greenway project will be implemented in four phases
September 14, 2014
By Charlie Neumeyer/Victoria County Master Gardener
Edited by Charla Borchers Leon/Victoria County Master Gardener
PHOTO CONTRIBUTED by Texas A&M College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Editor's note: This is Part II of a two-part series on the planned Gardens and Greenway project at Texas A&M University. It follows an introduction to the project published previously in last week's column.
A 45-acre tract on the west side of the College Station campus of Texas A&M University will be the home of a planned gardens and greenway project. It will extend from the Horticulture and Forest Sciences building to John Kimbrough Boulevard and eventually to the Bush Library. The project will be completed in four phases.
Phase One - Seven components
Phase One will include seven components of the core projects and buildings needed to fulfill and sustain the mission of the gardens. It will cost approximately $15 million - with a dollar-for-dollar $7.5 million for construction and $7.5 million for the endowment.
Phase Two - New Grove Amphitheater
Aggie grads, prior to the class of 2003, will remember The Grove. According to the website giving.tamu.edu., the original small, open-aired theater was used for yell practices, movies, concerts and performances. It was dismantled in 2003.
The new Grove Amphitheater (33,106 square feet) will serve as a major feature of this project and will be used for the same functions. The capacity will range from 500 to 1,000 people, and the architecture will be based on the original grove, including the green benches and a perimeter of trees.
Phase Three - Welcoming facilities
Phase Four - Completing the project
The scope of the Texas A&M Gardens and Greenway project is vast and amazing. It is evident much thought and time has gone into the planning process, and the results are sure to be another major asset on the Texas A&M University campus.
And while the scope of the existing Master Gardener Victoria Educational Gardens is limited in comparison, the educational goal of Texas A&M is very much aligned and evident in our own garden and educational mission.
The Gardeners' Dirt is written by members of the Victoria County Master Gardener Association, an educational outreach of Texas AgriLife Extension - Victoria County. Mail your questions in care of the Advocate, P.O. Box 1518, Victoria, TX 77901; or email@example.com, or comment on this column at VictoriaAdvocate.com.
Go to Texas A&M Gardens and Greenway Project/Agrilife.org