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Big Little Idea contest winners have been busy implementing their ideas! The Big Little Idea contest is a city-sponsored contest that awards $750 each to four citizens, nonprofits or teams that reside in Brighton city limits to create and implement ideas to make Brighton a better place to live, work, play and learn. Winners were selected based on the criteria for originality, connection to the community and creativity.

Big Little IdeaManuela and Mike Cavanaugh have completed their work in Brighton’s community gardens with the $750 winnings. In an effort to draw attention and interest to the Brighton Community Garden Program, they have placed galvanized planters (horse troughs) in four gardens with irrigation material, soil, signage and a variety of thriving colorful plants. Fellow gardeners will enjoy nurturing the plants, while the planters attract passersby to possibly get involved themselves.

Locations include: Zion Community Garden at 395 South 14th Ave.; Denver St Community Garden at 1119 E. Denver St.; Brighton Adventist Community Garden at 781 South 5th Ave., and Northgate Community Garden at 4801 Mt. Evans St.

Big Little IdeaJoan Kniss, former Brighton City Council Member who helped to establish the Big Little Idea contest, has also finished implementing her idea!

Along with assistance in installation from Brighton’s Open Space Manager Kyle Sylvester, Joan applied her 2018 contest winnings toward replacing outdated signs along the walking path at Pheasant Ridge Park with current information pertaining to perennials, xeriscaping, and native Colorado plants.

Big Little IdeaThe Friends of Barr Lake provided transportation from City Hall to Barr Lake on two occasions with their $750 winnings. The Big Little Water Bus field trips allowed participants to try all sorts of new water activities like paddle boarding and kayaking for free. Friends of Barr Lake tells the city this was its most successful and well attended Little Big Idea park visit that it has had.

The winners of the Big Little Idea Contest were announced and recognized at the city council meeting on May 1. The recipients of the Big Little Idea contest each received a check for $750 and were given until December 18, 2018 to implement their idea.

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