St. George community garden needs to stay where it currently resides
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I am a member of the community garden located by the new all abilities park in St. George, Utah. Today I received an email stating that in 2018 the city is going to put a parking lot in where the garden currently resides.This is city land, but shouldn't the people have a say on where their tax paying money goes? The community garden has been around since 2010. The community garden has about 50 plots. People pay a fee for one year for their plot and it comes with AWESOME soil and water. There are 4 plots that are dedicated to helping the city and all the produce that comes from those plots goes to the local soup kitchen. Over 1,400 lbs of fresh produce is donated each year.
As well as this resource helping the community it also helps educate all age groups on gardening in St. George. It helps people understand they can garden year round here in St. George. The garden teaches kids the importance of hard work, and where produce comes from.
Many of the members of the community garden live within HOA's that do not allow personal gardening. Some folks simply do not have room in their yard for a garden. Me along with a few other people share plots with family members and share the fresh produce with family.
I hope you can see how unsettling this issue is. I go to the the garden a few times a week to water I have seen a decrease in park attendance. Every time I go there there are plenty of parking spots. Not to mention there is a big parking lot to the North of the tennis courts, that is a lot of the time empty.
The community garden is a refuge for many struggling with mental illness, death of a loved one, infertility, etc; Something about digging in the dirt and putting hard work and sweat into something and seeing the beautiful fruits of our labors is very therapeutic.... and delicious! Its a beautiful place with great soil that has been worked on for 8 years. It would be a shame to plow it all down and replace it with an asphalt parking lot. Please sign this petition and say no to pavement, and yes to the community garden!
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