On Saturday, June 26th, Neighbor to Neighbor held a Garden Opening party at the newly constructed community garden at the corner of Dwight and Pine Street. The event was well attended by community members from the neighborhood, who took the opportunity to plant produce in the new garden. The Community Garden was constructed by the Holyoke Redevelopment Authority utilizing a City of Holyoke Community Development Block Grant. Additional assistance came from Valley Opportunity Council that had the fence installed, the Holyoke Water Works that donated time to install the water service, and the Center for Design Engagement that designed the garden. The project included constructing perimeter fencing, 12 raised planting beds, and installing water service.

The Community Garden will provide a service to the surrounding neighborhood and complement ongoing investment in the surrounding Dwight Street corridor. The garden is located in Area One of the Holyoke Urban Renewal Area, which is the Dwight Street Gateway and serves as a western gateway into the downtown area. In recent years the area has seen other improvements such as new sidewalks and installation of sustainable plant beds.

For more information about programing at the community garden contact Terry Gibson at Neighbor to Neighbor, tgibsonpgh@gmail.com or 413-650-2634.

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