In 2004, with assistance from Growing Hope, residents of the Normal Park and Woods Road neighborhoods in Ypsilanti established the Recreation Park Community Garden (RPCG). This neighborhood growing space located adjacent to the Ypsilanti Senior Center in Recreation Park includes 18 plots maintained by individuals and families, an accessible raised bed for seniors and a plot for the “Plant a Row for the Hungry” program, to raise fresh vegetables for the hungry distributed through Food Gatherers.
The response to the Rec Park garden was so great an additional location was sought. In 2005 West Middle School (WMS) offered gardening space for a school and community garden. Construction of the WMS garden began in early April 2005.
Also in 2005 the Midtown Neighborhood Association created their own community garden on North Congress Street.
Membership in the community gardens is open to everyone. People of all ages and experience levels are encouraged to participate. We hope to accommodate all who wish to garden at these locations. Participants must register and will be assigned a garden plot in which to grow organic fruits, vegetables, and flowers. If any potential participants have special accessibility needs, Growing Hope may be able to accommodate them with raised beds.
The Normal Park and Midtown Community Gardens are a neighborhood growing space. The long term goals are to:
- increase neighborhood access to fresh, local produce
- provide an opportunity for outdoor physical activity
- increase community cohesion
- strengthen partnerships among organizations in Ypsilanti.
To get involved or to learn more please contact:
For more information on Growing Hope please see their website at www.growinghope.net.
For more information on community gardens take a look at the American Community Gardening Association's website.