Monday, August 18, 2008

Community Garden Update

Good morning, NECKO Neighborhood -

Thanks to everyone who attended the neighborhood meeting about the proposed community garden last Tuesday and thanks to Creative Living for again hosting our meeting!  It was a great discussion!

Here are the details:

1) The Community Garden has a name: "The NECKO Neighborhood Community Garden" and would have Phase I implemented in Spring 2009
2) Through the hard work of our neighbor April Calkovsky, Lynne Genter at OSU's Dodd Hall Rehabilitation Program, and others, we appear to have the support and potential partnership of the Rehabilitation program as our OSU partner! This is a major accomplishment and would be an great asset to the neighborhood!
3) The current plan for starting the garden is to finalize our community's needs, to achieve a design, and to gain final OSU backing. 
4) The preferred site is still the triangle shaped piece of OSU land south of Creative Living.
5) A major task to work on in the coming months is to secure additional community partners.

A helpful resource on the garden is the initial letter proposal and map to OSU from NECKO:

Click here: NECKO Garden Proposal

Next up? April's spearheading our efforts and will be providing an update in September. We'll set up another meeting in the fall as warranted.

Anyone interested in joining the garden effort?  Contact April or just reply to this email.

We also continued our discussion about an idea for a new "NECKO park" along West 8th Avenue near Michigan as part of the OSU parking garage project.  We'll have representatives from OSU at a neighborhood meeting in October to discuss the project and the idea. 

Have a great week!


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