OLYMPIA - Green thumbs, rejoice.
The city’s parks department is installing a community garden at Yauger Park, and it’s looking for applicants interested in growing in one of about 70 plots. The garden, expected to open March 17, will be the city’s second community garden in a city park. Five more may be coming in the next six years, recreation specialist Louise Webb said.
The reason: people requested them.
“This came out of the park plan process over the last couple years as a very high value,” said Scott River, recreation manager for the parks department.
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There is $65,000 planned for gardens over the next six years, Webb said.
Yauger Park has about 40 acres of recreational areas at 3100 Capital Drive S.W. The garden is off Alta Street next to DirtWorks, a composting site and demonstration garden.
“We selected Yauger because of the high population density with multiple giant apartment complexes there in that location,” Webb said.
Webb expects about 60 beds that are 50 square feet each, and eight accessible beds that are 24 square feet each.
The area will have access to water, but gardeners must be present to water plants.
Synthetic pesticides and chemical fertilizers are prohibited.
The garden will join a 5,000-square-foot community garden established in 2006 in Sunrise Park. That garden has 37 raised-bed plots and is managed by the group Garden-Raised Bounty. The parks department will take over management of that garden in 2012, Webb said.
The next community garden in a city park is planned at Madison Scenic Park, a 2-acre green space on 10th Avenue Southwest. Webb said design on it probably will begin this year.
“Hopefully, we can grow some food and feed some families,” Webb said.