Botanic Gardens expanding soon

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Cheyenne, WY (KGWN) - Nearly 2 years after the voters approved a tax of $16 million for the botanic gardens, that money is close to exchanging hands.

"Potentially in a couple of weeks we will have a contractor on the job getting geared up to start the construction," said Shane Smith, Director of the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens.

The Cheyenne City Council referred a decision to the finance committee after Monday's meeting about expansion and renovation to the gardens.

"We're hoping not to change the size of the building at all but just maybe change the materials that are inside the building," said Rick Parish, the Director of Parks and Recreation.

"That's be a physical connection between the children's village, the grand conservatory and the existing building," said Smith.

The hope is that construction would begin on a new conservatory either later this year, or early next year.

"About 18 months is our hope that a new building will be up and people can come out and enjoy it," said Parish.

"Find themselves in the tropics free of charge without going through TSA or getting on an airplane and just get a little bit of a rest from our winter," said Smith.

The contract for the construction just needs to be approved by the council and then construction can begin.

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