A Vacant Lot in an El Paso Neighborhood Has Been Turned into a Community Garden
I don't know if you've noticed, but El Paso is one big desert. Not a whole lot of green going on around here, but one El Paso neighborhood is about to see that change now that a vacant lot has been turned into a community garden.
People who live in the south-central El Paso Chamizal neighborhood are going to be able to turn a vacant lot at 3214 Findley into a garden where they can plant fruits, vegetables, and flowers. City officials will have a ribbon cutting ceremony at the community garden tomorrow morning at 9 o'clock that will include students from Beall Elementary School planting the very first items in the garden. The 4,800-square-foot garden features shared garden beds, benches, picnic tables, landscaping, solar lighting, irrigation, and wrought iron gates and fences.
If you live in the neighborhood, you can sign up for free for a garden plot by contacting Marci Tuck, Open Space, Trails, and Parks Coordinator, at (915) 212-1701 or emailing her at TuckMJ@elpasotexas.gov.
The Chamizal neighborhood doesn't have a lot of supermarkets in the area, so City officials hope that being able to grow their own produce will give residents the chance at fresh fruits and vegetables.
For as much complaining as I do about the bonehead moves the City tends to make, this is one project that I am happy to stand up and cheer for. Good job, City of El Paso!