New community garden at Charlotte’s Blueberry Park
Metro Parks Tacoma has opened its eighth community gardening site where neighbors share the love of cultivating vegetables, fruit and flowers.
The newest plot at the north end of Charlotte’s Blueberry Park, 7402 E. D St., is among many Metro Parks capital projects funded in whole or in part by the $198 million, 20-year bond approved by voters in 2014.
The Pierce Conservation District oversees it and Metro Parks’ Proctor garden and those at Franklin, Kandle, McCarver, Neighbors, Rogers and Swan Creek parks.
The garden at Charlotte’s Blueberry Park includes:
- More than 600 square feet of in-ground planting beds
- 6 above-ground 4-by-8 foot planter boxes
- 5 handicapped-accessible, above-ground 2 ½ -by-8 foot planter boxes
In all, about 20 gardeners participate by planting, weeding, watering and harvesting. Many share a communal garden bed, chock full of salad fixings: lettuce, kale, chard, beets, spinach, radishes and carrots. The garden officially opened in mid-summer, but gardeners were able to get a jump on the growing season with little transplants, said Corina Going, one of the garden’s three organizers.
The project is the first of several recreation-oriented developments planned for Charlotte’s Blueberry Park. Next up is creation of a 3,600-square-foot playground, also on the north end of the park, just west of the community garden site. The Trust for Public Land, which is spearheading the project, has received a $100,000 grant for the design and construction of the play area, now scheduled for completion in 2019.
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