Significant sewer work from Broadway down Merriwether Street to the area behind City Hall required last fall the movement of one of Cape Girardeau’s rose gardens to a future home downtown near the Red House Interpretive Center and Murtaugh Park.
Moving the roses offers an opportunity to breathe new life into the former garden’s purpose as a monument to the City’s future and the Vision 2000 project. It also offers a fundraising opportunity for the Cape Girardeau Parks and Recreation Foundation, as 4,000 new commemorative bricks can be purchased for personalized engravings to be placed around the park’s monument.
Funds raised by commemorative brick sales will fund the operation of a new fountain, lights, plant replacement and any future maintenance required at the new rose garden’s location.
Download flier and order form: Melvin Gateley Vision 2000 Garden
Dates for the new Melvin Gateley Vision 2000 Garden’s groundbreaking will be announced at a later date, with the re-opening to come in late spring. Those wishing to purchase commemorative bricks prior to the grand re-opening event should submit an order to the Parks and Recreation Department no later than March 31. Orders are accepted after March 31, but the bricks may not be available in time for the grand re-opening.
The rose garden move was fully funded by a grant the City received to complete the sewer project.
The rose garden’s founder, Melvin Gateley, has been supportive and active with the reconstruction project. Gateley is a previous City Council member, school principal and continues to be an active community member in Cape Girardeau.
Parks Division Manager Brock Davis said Gateley headed the group Vision 2000, who helped originally construct the rose garden in City Hall Park.
“It was constructed in honor of those citizens that have helped develop and improve life within the City of Cape Girardeau,” Davis said. “It was constructed in 1999 so that they could unveil it in 2000. It had been at City Hall since 2000.”