STAMFORD, Conn. -- A colorful patch of purple and gold flowers now grows on an otherwise grey and industrial street in Stamford, thanks to the efforts of the city’s firefighters.
Guarded by a phalanx of retired fire hydrants, the new garden graces the entranceway of the Charles McRedmond Firefighters Training Facility at 148 Magee Ave.
It is a welcome sight on a thoroughfare packed with auto body shops, car dealerships and gas stations.
Its golden coreopsis, purple Echinacea, golden cedars and green llex bushes were planted by a team of firefighters led by Capt. Greg Smith.
They worked on the landscaping project with Czescik Park and Harbor Conservancy, a local volunteer group.
Brendan Keatley, president of the Stamford Professional Fire Fighters Association, said the project was “a long time coming for the training facility.”
He called it “a prime example of the great work we can do to help improve and enhance the communities we serve.”
A 16-foot Linden tree was installed by a local landscaping company, Designs by Lee, which donated part of the cost.
Keatley said that a new wooden sign with gold lettering now gives the training facility a more professional look.
Last year, the doors to its mechanical garage were updated and repainted, appropriately, fire engine red.
“This effort could not have been successful without the help from Czescik Park and Harbor Conservancy and Designs by Lee,” Keatley said, adding that the response from the community has been “overwhelming positive.”