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Councilwoman Scott and volunteers to break ground for Community Garden as part of “Give - A – Day” of Service

Tuesday April 9, 2013

For Immediate Release:
Democratic Caucus
Louisville Metro Council
Contact: Tony Hyatt 574-4137/ 526-3622

Louisville – This weekend, a small corner of District 1 will be transformed from a vacant lot to a healthy reminder of a caring community. On Saturday, April 13th volunteers will break ground for the new Parkland Community Garden with support from Councilwoman Attica Scott.

The Community Garden will be located at 28th Street and Dumesnil Street.

"I am excited about the participation of District 1 in this year's Give-A-Day,” says Scott. "We have more than 40 volunteers from business, community, faith, education, youth groups, all have signed up to work with UK, UofL and the neighborhood association to build a community garden in Parkland."

The Councilwoman has set aside $10,000 of District 1 Neighborhood Development Funds to join other sponsors in making Parkland the newest location for a community garden in Metro Louisville.

"We know that community gardens are one tool to help improve health outcomes in neighborhoods by providing fresh fruits, herbs and vegetables,” says Scott. "Research has shown that community gardens help to reduce crime in neighborhoods by bringing people together to build relationships."

Volunteers will break ground beginning at 10:00am and then the work begins in spreading mulch and building raised garden beds, including ADA compliant raised beds. Volunteers need to bring shovels, pitch forks, wheelbarrows, rakes and electric screwdrivers to get the work done.

Mayor Greg Fischer, who initiated the Give – A – Day of Service last year, will visit the community gardens on Saturday afternoon.

Volunteers include: 2nd Division LMPD, Calvary Baptist Church, Ebenezer Baptist Church, First Virginia Avenue Church Steppers, Glory Youth Ministries, Network Center for Community Change , Parkland Family Scholar House, Parkland Neighborhood Improvement Association, LockUpLead, UPS, West End School and staff from the YMCA of Louisville.

Joining the Councilwoman as sponsors are ACE Hardware, Brightside, DT’s Rack and Ribs, Earth Bound Lawncare, First Choice Market, Louisville Root Cellar and Metro Parks.

“This is an opportunity to show our city of neighborhoods that Parkland is rising as a community because of good people from across Metro Louisville,” says Scott.

For more information about the Parkland Community Garden, contact Councilwoman Scott’s office at 574-1101.

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