BEACHWOOD, Ohio — City Council members and city service department workers were present Friday (May 26) when Mayor Justin Berns cut the ribbon opening the city’s new community gardens.
The new, raised garden plots, are located a short distance from the parking lot of the Beachwood Community Center, 25225 Fairmount Blvd., and near the city’s aquatic center.
The city’s first community gardens were installed, on a temporary basis, over what had been the park’s basketball courts. They were installed in 2020 as a means to bring people together, outdoors, during the COVID pandemic.
Council, last year, decided to move the gardens closer to the parking lot to make the walk to them easier for seniors.
A popular amenity, the new community gardens are sold out for 2023, and a waiting list has been started for space next year. The new gardens have ADA compliant access and include 10 shade shelters, more hose bibs than in the past, a shed, and an expanded walkway.
The new layout accommodates 43 boxes, which allow for 86 individual garden plots, an increase from the previous 76 plots.
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