Dear Johnnie: Could you please advise what is up with Old Mill Park? I am an avid supporter of the park and frequently take senior portraits in this local historical site. To my dismay, the park is no longer being taken care of! The grass is not green, the planters no longer have flowers in them, the rose bushes are dead and the weeds are taking over.
Every time I visit the park, I donate money in hopes that the park will be taken care of. I am sad to see such a wonderful historical spot not being taken care of.
I am saddened by the upkeep of the park. I hope that it will return to its natural beauty soon. — A Concerned Supporter
Dear Concerned Supporter: Your letter reminded me of a tour of Old Mill Park that I took with my son’s school class. Even though I work only a couple of blocks from the park, I had never been before and felt like I had discovered a small treasure in the middle of the city.
I called the St. Vrain Historical Society, which runs the park.
“Like everyone else in this economy, we had to cut,” Galen Miller told me.
Miller is the chairman of the historical society’s Old Mill Park Committee, which had to eliminate Old Mill’s park supervisor position. That person coordinated maintenance and events at Old Mill Park.
The money available for park maintenance went from thousands of dollars to hundreds of dollars.
“It’s just economically unfeasible to maintain it the way it was,” Miller said. “It’s just one of those things. We water only just to keep the grass going. … We’re trying to keep everything from dying.”
Education programs at the park continue, but not special events — such as weddings — which require more care. Miller told me that several of the buildings on the property are maintained by the families they belonged to, such as the milk house, the gazebo and the buildings on the south end of the park.
“We pick up volunteers where we can,” Miller said. “The people who live out front open and close the gate for us.”
In fact, Miller was scheduled to mow the grass this week.
If you are interested in supporting Old Mill Park, call the historical society at 303-776-1870.