Thursday, October 21, 2010
For Immediate Release:
Louisville Metro Council
Contact: Tony Hyatt 574-4137/ 526-3622
It is more than just a garden. It has become a center point for community activity while at the same time enhancing three neighborhoods. The Billy Goat Hill Community Garden will be among the many topics up for discussion when the 2010 Community Leadership Institute Conference gets under way this week in Louisville.
“We want to show others how a community garden can do more than just grow vegetables. It can grow a community,” says Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh (D-9).
The Councilwoman will lead a mobile tour which will include the garden on Saturday, October 23rd. Since its creation, the Billy Goat Hill Community Garden has spawned interest in beekeeping, rainwater harvesting, a butterfly garden as well as a meditation area installed by a local Boy Scout Troop. The garden is solely maintained by residents of the area.
“If a community is interested in sustainability and improving its environment, a community garden is one of many ways to start “says Ward-Pugh.
Conference participants will also have a chance to get a handle on better communication between local residents and the people they elect to serve them. The Councilwoman is sponsoring a learning lab entitled: Partnering with Government: What Elected Officials Want and Need from Residents that will include Council members Kevin Kramer and David Tandy.
“Too often most residents get involved with just one issue when it comes to talking with their elected leaders,” says Ward-Pugh. “This lab will show people how to stay in touch with officials and develop a dialogue which will help the elected official serve the area more effectively.”
The Community Leadership Institute is an annual event designed to help community, residents and volunteer leaders have a strong effective voice in local issues. It is part of the NeighborWorks America Network and is being hosted by New Directions Housing Corporation. Council members Ward-Pugh, Cheri Bryant Hamilton, Mary C. Woolridge, David Tandy, Judith Green and Kelly Downard are sponsors of the event which begins on Thursday, October 21st.
Tina Ward-Pugh (D) 9
Judith Green (D) 1
Mary Woolridge (D) 3
David Tandy (D) 4
Cheri Bryant Hamilton (D) 5
Kelly Downard (R) 16