Sunday, March 27, 2011
Our Proposed Community Garden
I am so excited! It seems like this new community garden cannot happen fast enough.The interested parties have already met twice to discuss the garden. I have also met with the city parks department and they showed me a map of this park.They offered its use and was I ever surprised! This park has two sections, a north and a south side with no trees to shade any future gardens. Hubby and I and our team walked the park and it is perfect for what we have planned. The park is about three acres on each side. We decided the north side is the best as far as drainage goes.It has very few neighbours looking towards the park and is right next to a pair of tennis courts, a children's play area and a parking lot. Yes, parking is already there! Now I doubt the city will let us use the whole park but right now it just looks like pasture. I have a feeling it had dairy cows on this site years ago. Just look at its potential.
I have been drawing up a garden design, not once but twice now. If you look closely, this is the center of the community garden. I have included a sitting area under a pergola so people can take a break from their gardening chores.
We will also have a food sharing garden along with allotments. I think its important to give back to the community and any food grown in our sharing garden will go directly to our local food bank.
I incorporated a compost demonstration area, rain barrels,raised allotment beds, tool shed, sink and many other important features. In the corner of the children's garden will be a wildlife garden, native plant garden and a shared fruit garden.
These are grand plans and the garden will be done in phases. There is still lots of bureaucratic paperwork and presentations to the city to do. There will also be a neighbourhood survey done.
Today I do the first step, applying for an official name. Wish me luck.