A crew of neighborhood volunteers and city workers on Thursday laid out the exact boundaries of the community gardens to be built in the Summit Avenue “tot lot” park.
Working from the park’s total-renovation design approved by residents a few years ago, Megan Gardner, the landscape architect hired by the city, directed Greg Gerritt, the volunteer project leader, and Joseph Wojtanowski, a Parks Department employee, in measuring angles and distances, then hammering stakes into the ground and attaching high-visibility tape to mark the area designated for the gardening beds, walkways and storage spots. Other parks workers and volunteers assisted. A water line for the project had been installed by city contractors a few weeks earlier.
The next step is the erection of a fence separating the gardens from the playground. The coordinating committee has several bids on materials and will quickly made a choice so construction can begin on a volunteer work day to be be announced soon. After the fence is built, the 30 garden beds will be put together and filled with soil. There is a new gate in the wire fence on the Summit Avenue side of the park to allow service vehicles access.
If all goes as planned, there is a good chance that a fall planting will happen.