ALP Memorial Garden

Work has begun on the Animas-La Plata Memorial Garden to be constructed near Lake Nighthorse just outside of Durango. The Garden will a tribute to the organizations and people involved in the ALP Project over the past half century. The Project, authorized in 1968, weathered many challenges and many changes before the reservoir started filling in May 2009. "The commemorative site is by no means a visitors center," said Christine Arbogast with Kogovsek & Associates, the Washington lobbyist for federal funding for A-LP construction funds. "It's simply a tribute to a whole lot of people who gave blood, sweat and tears." The site will offer benches, a shaded pergola, and interpretive material that describes the Project and its history. Total cost will be about $100,000, which will be paid by A-LP sponsors, either by monetary or in-kind donations. "It's not extremely expensive," Arbogast said. "But it's extremely important."