SCV officials open the Bridgeport Park Sustainable Landscape Demonstration Garden
The red ribbon was placed and cut, opening the Bridgeport Park Sustainable Landscape Demonstration Garden up to the community on Friday.
The demonstration garden is a collaboration project of the Santa Clarita Valley Water Agency and the city of Santa Clarita that has been in the works for four years.
“This is a perfect place for residents to visit and learn about sustainable landscaping and water conservation,” said Mayor Jason Gibbs.
SCV Water set out with a goal of creating an educational hub where attendees can immerse themselves in water-wise landscapes, efficient irrigation practices and offer more resources about the organization’s efforts.
“The goal of the design was to provide visitors with a range of landscape designs, sustainability features, plant palette and high-efficiency irrigation technologies that are commonly available to residents in our community,” said Gary Martin, president of the SCV Water governing board. “The design also included educational elements such as sight and plant signage and information, informational kiosks, what you will see as you go through the park.”
The final design was finished in 2021 and Bridgeport Park was chosen to be the recipient. This was because of the available area and the fact that the park receives 16,000 visitors every year.
Dozens gathered on Friday morning to witness the opening and be some of the first to take a stroll in the garden. In just a few steps, attendees could view cedros island, apricot mallow and hartwegs sundrops.
The garden is broken up into four smaller garden sections: Garden 1 offers a sensory experience, Garden 2 educates on the nature in the neighborhood, Garden 3 shows attendees a wildlife wonderland and Garden 4 features a low-maintenance ecosystem.
In addition to Gibbs and Martin, elected officials and their representatives attending the event included Councilwoman Laurene Weste, Tammy Stevens representing Rep. Mike Garcia, R-Santa Clarita, Chris Huff representing Sen. Scott Wilk, R-Santa Clarita, and Andrew Taban representing Assemblywoman Pilar Schiavo, D-Chatsworth.
Gibbs thanked SCV Water for the partnership in creating something educational and “tranquil” for the community.
“Today we’re not just welcoming the public to this new garden, we’re opening a classroom without walls, a serene space filled with the beauty of native water-efficient landscaping,” said Gibbs.
Students of Bridgeport Elementary School’s “Green Team” were invited to the event and each student planted their own narrow leaf milkweed in a gardening bed.
All of them smiled as they dug holes with their hands, removed their plant from its original plant pot, placed and covered the plant in the dirt, creating their very own piece in the garden.
“It’s really exciting to see that you can combine sustainability with beauty and I’m glad to see Santa Clarita is always the one that gets to do it,” said Taban.
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