"To me no place could be more unattractive than Colorado Springs, from its utter treelessness."

- Isabelle Bird, A Lady's Life in the Rocky Mountains, 1879

 

Twenty years after the publication of Bird’s description of our city’s “utter treelessness,” the first reference of a landscaped median on North Nevada Avenue was mentioned in an article in The Weekly Gazette (June,1899). The greening of the city was powered by water from the El Paso Canal, and from the vision of two men: Charles Robinson, Secretary of the Municipal Art League of America, and from our founder, General Jackson Palmer, who desired Colorado Springs to be a “garden city”. As mentioned in the article by Judith Rice-Jones (see The Medians section of the ABOUT page), the “landscaped medians contributed to Palmer’s inspiration ‘to provide open space so that city residents could never be deprived in their walks, rides, or sports of that glorious sense of being all out of doors.’” The leafy canopy and grassy medians of the Old North End Neighborhood are a unifying design element. NEW comprises the latest iteration of a long line of people who have planted and replanted the trees to maintain our gorgeous, graceful landscape.