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Prison yard greenhouse complete

Rotary Club members put finishing touches on structure Saturday

Posted: November 12, 2012 - 1:02am
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Members of the Rotary Club of Juneau on Saturday put the finishing touches on a greenhouse they built at the Lemon Creek Correctional Center, as the club's chairman of community service, Denny DeWitt, stands in the foreground. The downtown club built the greenhouse for their annual community service project.  Emily Russo Miller / Juneau Empire
Emily Russo Miller / Juneau Empire
Members of the Rotary Club of Juneau on Saturday put the finishing touches on a greenhouse they built at the Lemon Creek Correctional Center, as the club's chairman of community service, Denny DeWitt, stands in the foreground. The downtown club built the greenhouse for their annual community service project.

A local Rotary Club has completed constructing a greenhouse at the prison in Juneau.

Members of the Rotary Club of Juneau, also referred to as the downtown club, put finishing touches on the structure Saturday at Lemon Creek Correctional Center.

The club began building the greenhouse in July to replace a previous greenhouse at the prison that was knocked down and destroyed by a windstorm some years ago.

The new greenhouse is located on the east side of the prison in a yard, enclosed by barbed wire near the women’s housing.

The $13,000 project was funded by the Rotary Club and was built by Rotary Club members and volunteers. It was their annual community service project for 2012.

Rotarians said they thought providing inmates the opportunity to garden would prove to be therapeutic for them.

Fastening florescent light fixtures inside the 10-foot tall rounded building, which is 15 feet wide and 40 feet long, was the final phase in construction.

Now that it is built, the prison will be in charge of filling it with plants, finding uses for it and operating it.

LCCC Warden G. Scott Wellard said in a previous interview that he envisions the greenhouse being an educational opportunity run by the prison’s Education Department so inmates can learn about horticulture, master gardening and landscaping.

LCCC is a state-operated adult correctional institution that can house up to about 220 inmates. Convicted felons serving their sentences make up about 80 percent of the prison’s population.

• Contact reporter Emily Russo Miller at 523-2263 or at emily.miller@juneauempire.com.

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