Monday, June 08, 2009

Grand Opening of the Fountain Community Gardens

Originally uploaded by CD-13
On Saturday, I attended the grand opening of Fountain Community Gardens, Hollywood’s newest community garden space. The new community garden was built on formerly abandoned land, and adds more green space to one of the park poorest neighborhoods of Los Angeles. The property provides 60 garden plots to almost 100 gardeners, most of whom live within walking distance. The garden also features a native landscaped area, a children’s play area, mulch center, and more than 20 fruit trees.

Building the garden was a collaborative effort. Young people who are part of LA Conservation Corps worked more than 1,600 hours on the project. Most of the garden plots are shared between friends and neighbors. My office also worked in partnership with many generous sponsors from the community. As the summer continues, I’m looking forward to seeing many more flowers and friendships bloom in this space!