Guelph, Ont., April 16, 2018 – The results are in! Out of the surveys received, 78 per cent of residents were in favour of a Howitt Park community garden. As a result, the garden will move ahead this summer.
Residents who took the survey commented that the park was a “lovely idea”, especially for residents without a yard or garden of their own. They also believe it presents a greater opportunity to foster community togetherness and a love of local food.
A few residents also shared their concerns, questions and comments about the proposed community garden including: impacts to the garden from pets and wildlife, vandalism, suitable location, infrastructure, and growing conditions, the development proposal for the property next door, the size of the garden, concerns of increased taxes, and increased parking and traffic. Each concern has been addressed in a letter to stakeholders who indicated they wanted to hear about the survey results.
About community gardens
Community gardens are important neighbourhood spaces set up by the City in parks and open spaces. The 22 community gardens in Guelph provide an opportunity to develop neighbourhood togetherness, learn about horticulture, increase food security for neighbours in need and increase physical activity in community spaces. For more information about community gardens, to propose a new community garden or find out how to get involved as a volunteer, visit guelph.ca/communitygardens.
For more information
Samantha Dupre, Community Stewardship Coordinator
Parks Operations and Forestry, Public Services
City of Guelph
519-822-1260 extension 2655