Above is an artist's rendering by internationally recognized Red Wing watercolorist Dan Wiemer.
The site of the former Taco Johns at Hwy. 61 and Broad is part of a transformation to create this gateway to downtown Red Wing.
Red Wing Arts Association approached the City of Red Wing with the concept of creating an exceptional park dedicated to providing a refuge for pollinators - bees, butterflies, etc. The park would be a focal point of the entrance to both downtown Red Wing and the riverfront. Working with Goodhue County Master Gardeners, Scenic Spaces (landscape design) and the City, RWAA has spearheaded the development of Pollinator Park.
Many of the native plants and grasses were planted in November 2015. The remainder of the work will be resumed in the Spring of 2016. The park will feature walkways, benches, a tribute sculpture and an information kiosk.
Education is an important component of Pollinator Park. "We believe that helping people see what can be done to support a habitat for pollinators will encourage them to create a habitat in their yards," says Dan Guida, RWAA executive director.