The Healing Garden Brings Peace Back Las Vegas
I feel like its pretty safe to say that everyone is aware of the tragedy that took place in Vegas on October 1st of this year. This devastating event took the lives of many and affected the lives of many more. What many of you aren’t aware of though, are some of the ways we've healed and come together since.
Jay Pleggenkuhle is a local landscape company owner. Like many of us, he was devastated by the attack at the Route 91 Harvest Festival. He came up with the idea of a healing garden. It was originally going to be a temporary place for people to honor the victims. His simple idea took hold and grew with an outpouring of support from the community.
A call to the city of Las Vegas was all it took to set his plan in motion. An area originally set to be a dog park was donated to the cause. With a quick design scribbled on a napkin, the plans for the garden took shape.
After news of the plan to build a healing garden hit the community, donations began pouring in. Several local plant nurseries made donations. Even magicians Siegfried and Roy donated an oak tree to stand in the center of the garden. This is meant to symbolize the strength of our community. There are 58 trees planted along the walkway to symbolize each person who lost their life.
Among all the fresh life and bright greenery lies a wall of remembrance. Dozens of pictures and mementos line the wall. There are plans for a more permanent wall to be built in the future.
More than a thousand-people offered time, money or materials to the healing garden. In fact, there were so many volunteers that a sign was put up telling people that they didn't have room for anymore.
There was a ribbon-cutting ceremony on the Friday following the shooting. Hundreds gathered with candles, honoring the victims and showing support for the Vegas community. It was a time of reflection and appreciation more than sadness.
If you haven’t seen the healing garden and remembrance wall, it really is a place you need to visit. It is located at:
1015 S. Casino Center Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV, 89101
There couldn’t be a more beautiful display of strength and community. What was once an event that shattered the security of our community, has become a garden in which we've grown together. We've shown that we can pick up all of those shattered pieces and build something truly special with them.