New Community Garden beginning to grow at Glovers Park in Castle Rock | Environment
Castle Rock resident Jackie Searle is using her passion for gardening to grow a new project – the Castle Rock Community Garden at Glovers Park.
The idea began nearly a year ago, when Searle approached the Town and planted the seed. After some community engagement, including a survey, the Parks and Recreation Commission and Town Council approved the idea and the site.
Glovers Park was chosen as the location for a variety of reasons. It is centrally located, is flat and open, has existing irrigation and parking, and is Town-owned.
There will be 26 plots available for residents to rent, and at least five plots are ADA accessible. Gardeners keep what they grow, but are encouraged to donate some of their produce. The Town supports this project, but it is a community-based and community-run effort.
“This garden is like a dream come true,” Searle said. “It's so exciting to work with the Town and have staff support. Next year at this same time, I can see people gathering at the garden, working on their plots, working together with their neighbors and socializing.”
The garden is a 501(c)(3). Its board meets on the second Monday of the month and recently launched a blog, castlerockcommunitygarden.blogspot.com.
The group has planned a work day for 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, June 23. Volunteers will help prepare the site by building and installing the plots and adding crusher fines paths. Lunch will be served. The group is also looking for donations such as deck screws, untreated pine, wheelbarrows, garden tools, hoses, hose holders, rebar, etc.
“Since this is a community project, we need as many members of this community involved as possible,” Searle said. “The success of this garden will require the participation of each one of us, because when we help each other, we help everyone.”
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