Vacant lot brings new life to local neighborhood
PROVO, Utah— What once used to be a vacant piece of land behind an apartment complex will soon be a flourishing neighborhood garden.
Seniors living in the Mountain View Apartment Complex and the surrounding neighborhood will be celebrating the grand opening of the North Park Neighborhood Garden at a ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday, May 22.
The neighborhood garden is the result of several organizations working together including: United Way of Utah County, Community Action Services and Food Bank and the Provo Housing Authority.
Doug Carlson, executive director for the Provo Housing Authority, decided to turn the piece of land into a community garden to help senior citizens living in the Mountain View Apartments have the opportunity to grow their own produce and interact with other residents in the area.
“The garden serves many purposes,” Carlson Said. “It allows these seniors to grow their own produce and provides social interaction with students and families in the surrounding area.”
The garden contains 30 raised plots. Plots are free to residents of the Mountain View Apartments. Anyone else interested in a plot can lease a space for $15, ten of which will be reimbursed if the plot is left clean at the end of the growing season.
The official opening of the neighborhood garden will commence with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 22, 2012. The garden is located at 100 West and 690 North in Provo. For more information about the North Park Neighborhood Garden, contact Kelly Casey at (801) 961-5217 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.