Gateway Gazette

High River Council Approves Locations for Two Community Gardens 

 

HIGH RIVER, AB: Town Council has accepted the Community Gardens Ad Hoc Committee’s recommendation for the construction of two community gardens located at the park at Riverside Drive N.W. and the Town Farm building at McLaughlin Meadows S.W.

After significant research and public consultation, the committee identified their two preferred garden locations from a possible 23 sites in High River and administration presented their final report to council on February 8.

“In general, the feedback we received from residents who live around both proposed community garden locations was positive,” says Sarah Mitchell parks and culture coordinator with the Town. “We look forward to those residents and the public’s input on the proposed designs of the gardens at our upcoming open house.”

The open house will be held on March 1 in Council Chambers from 4-8 p.m. Forms will be available at the event for those interested in applying for a plot in either location. Local businesses who may be interested in donating equipment and skilled labour to this project are also encouraged to attend.

“The committee plans to bring the community together by offering a variety of features, such as raised planting beds for seniors and individuals with limited mobility, communal crops like berry producing trees and plants, as well as larger plots for families,” says Mitchell.

The Community Gardens Ad Hoc Committee has received generous funding from TD Bank’s Friends of the Environment Foundation (TDFEF) and the High River Disaster Relief Fund and it is hoped that some material and skilled labour may be donated to this project to make the grant funding stretch further. A sign thanking all donors will be posted at both locations once the gardens are constructed.

For more information and to view the full report, please visit the Community Gardens page under the Public Forums menu at www.highriver.ca

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