When the clock struck two on Thursday, February 17th, volunteers from Big Earth Landscape Supply, the Bradenton Police Department and Game On Nation went straight to work with the goal of transforming the former Girl Scout Little House. The building, located at 1801 17th Avenue West in Bradenton is now owned by the Bradenton Police Department and will be utilized for Explorer training, Community Events and a Patrol Annex.
The building was in need of substantial repairs when it was purchased by the department last year. Fresh paint, renovated bathrooms, a new air conditioning unit and a new roof top the list of improvements made by the department in the last few months. When it was time to install the landscape on Thursday, it was all hands on deck.
Big Earth designed the layout of the landscape earlier in the day, so volunteers could start work immediately. In just 36 minutes, volunteers had installed 2; 6′ foxtail palms, 87; 1 gallon flax lilly and 20; 3 gallon red sister cordyline plants, 6 sections of black plastic edging and 95 bags of cocoa brown mulch.
Usually projects like this take 1-2 hours to complete, but Thursday was different said Ellie Fuesser, Director of Marketing. “This is the third project we have helped the Bradenton Police Department with, but easily the fastest installation to date. We couldn’t have done this without the help of Game On Nation, the Bradenton Police Department and my coworkers at Big Earth.”
“We enjoy working in our community, but also giving back to our community and especially to the members of the Bradenton Police Department,” says Fuesser.
The sense of community in the air helped fuel the speedy installation, Erin Watson, Director of Client Experience explains. “We believe deeply in the power of community, and hope the final touches on this space create a welcoming environment to bring people together,” says Watson.
Now, with the landscape complete, the Bradenton Police Department only has a few more updates to complete before permanently using the space.