Have you been enjoying the beautiful flowers in Downtown Boulder near the RTD station? Thank the Boulder Hotel & Motel Association (BHMA) member hotels, which sent associates to cultivate, clean, restore, and replant long neglected flower beds flanking the RTD complex on Canyon and Walnut in downtown Boulder. In late May, hundreds of perennials including ivy, hydrangea, salvia, day lilies, roses, and heather, were planted transforming the drab streetscape surrounding this important and well-used gateway to Boulder.
The project, initiated by BHMA, was greatly facilitated by timely and critical collaboration from the City of Boulder and RTD for which BHMA is most grateful. Charles Sisk and Gene Hamilton at RTD were appreciative and importantly assisted in getting irrigation renewed; Patrick Judd from Parking services supplied the planting materials just in time; Ken Fisher, Forestry Assistant, removed the long dead trees and arranged their replacement; on-site RTD personnel offered clean up facilities. BHMA will continue with the project by adding annuals to the beds this summer, bulbs in the fall, and helping to maintain them into the future.
The BHMA, founded more than 40 years ago has long history in giving back to the Boulder community. In addition to the $6 million dollars in taxes contributed to the city’s General Fund through the collection of Lodging tax, BHMA members provide year around support to the Boulder Homeless Shelter with contribution of blankets, pillows, personal care products and laundry supplies. Other community-minded projects include the launching, with the Colorado Restaurant Association, a hospitality program, Pro-Start, at Boulder High School; a Silent Auction that raised $15,000 for replacement of the Four Mile Canon firetruck that was lost in the 2010 fire, and 9-Health Fairs at Millennium Harvest House and Hotel Boulder to provide low cost and free health services to the public.