Progress continues on clearing the official hurdles and doing the necessary planning for creation of a community garden in Englewood. Organizers …
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Progress continues on clearing the official hurdles and doing
the necessary planning for creation of a community garden in
Organizers propose turning the the grass-covered empty area on
the northwest corner of East Dartmouth Avenue and South Fox Street
into an area offering 22 garden plots to residents by the spring of
Plans call for each garden plot to be a 12-foot square. The
artist concept pictures the area surrounded by shrubs and shade
Councilwoman Jill Wilson was one of those spearheading the
proposal to create a community garden in Englewood.
Earlier this year, the Englewood Cultural Arts Commission agreed
there was a need for a community garden in the city. The commission
worked with representatives of the Englewood Parks and Recreation
commission, the Keep Englewood Beautiful Commission and
representatives for the city council and the parks and recreation
department to study the proposal.
The group agreed the project should move forward and contacted
Denver Urban Gardens, an organization that has a track record of
planning and operating more than 80 gardens in communities around
the metropolitan area.
The issue is to be discussed at the May 18 city council study
session. Also, a meeting for those interested in the community
garden project will be held at 7 p.m. June 9 at the Malley Senior
Recreation Center, 3380 S. Lincoln St.
Additional information is available on the city Web site at
The city parks and recreation department set up and ran a
community garden in 1998 on land east of the old Par-3 golf course
on the South Santa Fe Drive frontage road.
Residents enthusiastically took advantage of the community
garden the first couple years. However, most proponents agreed
there wasn’t easy access to the site and there wasn’t a lot of
publicity about the project so gradually interest and participation
declined until the garden was closed in 2004.
“I live in an apartment building and helped my next door
neighbor tend her vegetables in the old community garden and I kept
hoping I would get a chance to have a garden of my own,” Tiffany
Langford said. “I just heard they are trying to set up a community
garden next year. That’s cool and I want to sign up so I can grow
my own vegetables.”
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