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Columbia Missourian

Groundbreaking date for Hindman garden set

By Katie Bevan
October 27, 2010 | 12:19 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Work on the educational garden named for former ColumbiaMayor Darwin Hindman and his wife, Axie, will move forward in early November.

The groundbreaking ceremony for the Darwin and Axie Hindman Discovery Garden is set for 10:30 a.m. Nov. 6 at the garden's site in Stephens Lake Park, according to a news release from the city. The project is expected to finish in spring 2012.

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Plans for the garden were revealed in April at Hindman's last City Council meeting as mayor. As mayor, Hindman worked to get the one-eighth-cent park sales tax passed in 2000. The tax started to preserve the land that is now Stephens Lake Park, according to a previous Missourian report. Voters approved it again in 2005, and its re-extension is up for a vote next week.

The garden will cover two acres and include three themed gardens and a Native American-inspired council ring, according to a news release from the city. The Columbia Parks and Recreation Department designed, and will maintain, the garden.

All funding for the garden has been raised through private donations, totaling more than $70,000 from 360 donors, according to a news release from the city.