Tuesday June 18, 2013 | 09:48 AM
Posted by In the City

About a month ago the small outdoor space between Merrill Auditorium and the parking lot one building over was in plenty of disarray. The thousands who attended shows at Merrill saw crumbled stone, trash and decaying vegetation as they walked past the "garden" in from of Commercial Property Services.

But then work began to bring some natural beauty back to that area of Congress Street. There was digging and grading and dismantling of the old stone work. There was planting and mulching and building of a fountain made from field stones.

And now, thanks to Commercial Property Services, when city workers or Merrill patrons walk from the two nearby parking lots to their destinations, they get to see this:

And this:

And this:

So here's a shout-out to Commercial Property Services for adding a little color and creativity for those who walk that route twice a day or once a week.

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