A lot in Los Vegas, completely empty just days ago, has now been transformed into a healing garden — a place to take respite from trauma after Sunday’s deadly mass shooting.
The garden was originally conceived by landscape designer Jay Pleggenkuhle. Per DTLV, Pleggenkuhle contacted the city of Las Vegas early this week to see if there was a space available. The city offered a piece of land originally intended to be a dog park.
From there, it took only four days for the garden to transform from sketch to reality. In fact, volunteers raised around $300,000 in donations to fund the project, according to a Los Angeles ABC affiliate.
After hours and hours of tireless work by landscapers and volunteers, the garden officially opened on Friday — including a “remembrance wall,” which is adorned with smiling photos of the attack’s 58 victims.
A local nursery also donated 58 trees.
Now, organizers hope the garden remains a quiet, green, and much-needed place for people to heal in the wake of trauma.
“Just the amount that people have been donating and giving,” Las Vegas Arts District board president Derek Stonebarger told DLTV. “It just means so much how this city has come together.”