Hydrant Club Milestone: An Historic View

As the one year anniversary of Hydrant Club approaches, I had grand illusions of penning an incredibly eloquent and witty post that perfectly encapsulated this last year’s experience, lauded the amazing people whose support, contributions and love have made it all possible and tied it all together with some deeply visionary commentary about where we will go from here.

Then I sat down for a few minutes and found myself entirely overwhelmed.

There is no way to easily capture the entirety of this last year in one tidy bundle. So I’ve opted to tackle it the way I’ve come to learn one has to tackle any monumental task … one bit at a time.

Over the next several days I’ll be offering up posts about the experience that has been the preparation for, the development of, the launching and now the first year operating The Hydrant Club.

This journey has been, without question, the most personally and professionally challenging of my life. It also already has proven itself to be the most rewarding.

So stay tuned for some posts that detail the lessons learned and great experiences … and in the mean time, enjoy this little selection of pre-opening shots of Hydrant Club!

Environmental testing before construction

Environmental testing before construction

Getting the splash pad ready

Getting the splash pad ready

Just waiting for landscaping...

Just waiting for landscaping…

The trees arrive!

The trees arrive!

... and boy are they big!

… and boy are they big!

Lining up the trees as we prepare their resting spots

Lining up the trees as we prepare their resting spots

The grove of trees come to rest

The grove of trees come to rest

Building the planter for "Big Momma" - our 14-year-old Elm tree

Building the planter for “Big Momma” – our 14-year-old Elm tree

And it's all ready ...

And it’s all ready …

The Hydrant stands watch

The Hydrant stands watch