park and recreations dept now has its first community garden. The
southside community garden board opened the plots to the public Jan 31, 2004
and more than 70% of the plots (of the 100 plots) were rented in 2 hours!
This big step in getting community gardens into the parks and rec system did
come with a HUGE price…. The 30 year ron mandella community garden was
lost to development. 75% of the mandella garden has been gutted (2-3 feet
of soil removed to remove the so called toxic problem with the soil) the site
it now a huge pit. The remaining green space of the garden is still
fenced and locked to gardeners… this site is awaiting
“cleaning” also….and is marked for a green space…
either a community garden or?
The southside garden site was purchased and soil removed and
new soil brought in by the developing agency…while this site is not the ideal
site that the mandella gardeners wanted (site is very loud at the intersection
of I-80 and I-5).. it is the one that was chosen for the voluntary mitigation
done by the developing agency…it will guarantee a stable home for the southside
community gardeners (about 10 blocks west of the mandella garden) now that the
land has been turned over to the parks and rec dept
the peacefulness, serenity and beauty of the mandella garden
can never be replaced or recreated…especially at this new site… nor
can the southside garden ever be called the New ron mandella community garden..
but it can be a unique garden of its own with a clean start…driven by the
gardeners to shape its future…. The garden is open to all city residents…
Other existing parks are considering creating community
gardens in their unused park space…there are at least 6 community gardens
planned of this type. And more will be created as folks learn that community
gardens CAN be a park element!
Sacramento Area Community