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Community garden opens in city park

It was a busy morning on Sept. 6 as officials from the city of Phoenix, the Sunnyslope Village Alliance, the Phoenix Parks Foundation, members of the community and more gathered to plant a tree, rake some gravel, and learn fertilizing tips.

Jeremy Vasquez of Butler Urban Gardens, right, discusses proper garden care and feeding with a group of community residents during the opening day celebration of the new Mountain View Park Community Garden (photo by Teri Carnicelli).

Jeremy Vasquez of Butler Urban Gardens, right, discusses proper garden care and feeding with a group of community residents during the opening day celebration of the new Mountain View Park Community Garden (photo by Teri Carnicelli).

It was all part of the official dedication of a community garden at Phoenix’s Mountain View Park, 9901 N. 7th Ave.

The Phoenix Parks Foundation was able to donate $66,000 to cover costs of irrigation, site preparation and other materials necessary to make the garden possible thanks to financial support from United Healthcare through CBS EcoMedia and the National Recreation and Park Association.

The Phoenix Parks Foundation will partner with the city of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department, the Sunnyslope Village Alliance, neighboring businesses, households, and local gardening groups to develop and grow the garden as a collaborative community service and wellness project.

In addition, nearby residents will have an opportunity to grow their own fruits and vegetables, get outdoors and improve a vital neighborhood park. Those interested in obtaining a small plot can get more information online on the Sunnyslope Village Alliance website at www.mysunnyslope.com or by calling the Alliance at 602-944-0941, or sending an e-mail to info@mysunnyslope.com.

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