Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Here's an email I sent to my fellow Waverly Street garden gardeners tonight. (Write to me if you want a copy of the proposal or to sign the petition.) ...

The garden at Broad and South is in danger. Laurie Fitzpatrick, a neighbor who is a member of that garden, is organizing to save the only precious green space left on the Avenue of the Arts. Last Tuesday, she and some fellow gardeners had planned to present their proposal, a petition and conceptual drawings for the space with the idea of creating a "Garden of the Arts." (I wasn't able to make -- was anyone there who could tell us about it?)

The proposal, as I've read it, is sound and includes various arguments for a non-gardening audience about how and why a green space in that area of town has and will support the surrounding community, businesses, arts venues, etc. That plot was an eyesore for years and I personally really appreciate the work the folks there have done on it and want to support them and thought that some of you might be interested too.

I have also attached a petition that can be passed around for signatures. ... Below, I have copied the vision stated in the document below and attached the full thing here too if you want to take a look at it.

As Laurie wrote "this is truly a grassroots movement!"

:)

Christina

The Garden of the Arts
The 68 gardeners who currently tend their community plots and the common area at the Broad and South Community Arts Garden, want to see this green space preserved as a public garden/sculpture park known as the Garden of the Arts.

This 18,000 square foot park will have necessary elements such as:
  • As much green space and trees as possible.
  • Public sculpture in keeping with Avenue of the Arts theme and trash receptacles with sculptural theme.
  • Seating and pathways to maximize potential for social interaction.
  • Wireless web access.
  • Kiosk to sell coffee, snacks, gum, newspapers and magazines to create street life.
  • Security.
  • Lighting for security plus beautification of space, lights in pathways, and in trees for the holidays.
  • Creative delineation of space instead of fencing (beds of plants, low fencing).
  • Gateway to neighborhood, Broad Street subway entrance treated decoratively as Paris Metro entrance.
  • Dog run to accommodate the pets of the 1,150+ new residents moving into this area.
Other elements will include:
  • Succession planting of beds for year round interest.
  • Nature combined with art and technology theme that promotes the vision of the Avenue of the Arts.
  • Special events, an annual fundraiser for the park that will generate street life, interest in the park.
  • Picnic/food tables.
  • Faux or intermittent water feature (shaded flower bed planted to look like a stream), storm water management demonstration project for this green space (water flows only during and right after a rain event).

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