City opens two new community garden locations

Following the successful first two growing seasons with the Central Park Community Garden, the City of Burlington is opening two new community gardens for 2014. In 2012, the City of Burlington launched the first community garden in Central Park. This pilot community garden has been popular. All the plots were permitted and many residents were placed on a waiting list. “The Parks and Recreation Department is pleased to again offer residents urban gardening opportunities,” said Chris Glenn, director of Parks and Recreation. “Work has begun to create the new community garden locations in order to have them available to residents by June.”

Residents will be able to grow their own food in a community garden plot at Central ParkAmherst Park or along the Frances Road Bikeway. The cost to permit a plot for the season is $50.

An online application is available at www.burlington.ca/communitygardens or by calling 905-335-7600, ext. 7737. Central Park garden plot applications will be accepted until May 26 at noon. Amherst Park and Francis Road Bikeway garden plot applications will be accepted until June 9. All applications will be entered into a site-specific lottery, with successful applicants notified by the community garden coordinator. Gardening will begin in May at Central Park garden plots, and later in June at Amherst and Francis Bikeway gardens, once construction is complete.

A community garden coordinator will assist gardeners, involve volunteers and respond to inquiries. The coordinator’s hours for each garden will be posted for the 2014 gardening season, which runs from May through October, weather permitting.

The city is asking previous applicants to confirm their continued interest and location preference by contacting the Parks and Recreation Department at communitygardens@burlington.ca or by calling 905-335-7600, ext. 7737.

For more information about Burlington community gardens, visit  www.burlington.ca/communitygardens.

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