Posts Tagged ‘community gardens’
Half of the largest network of community gardens in the U.S. — 69 parcels totaling more than eight acres in Manhattan, the Bronx, Queens and Brooklyn — is set to change hands next week, according to an announcement from the Trust for Public Land, which currently holds title to them.
The Trust purchased the gardens from the city for $3 million in 1999; they are now valued at $7 million.
The first batch of gardens, which includes 32 parcels, will be deeded over to the newly-formed Manhattan and Bronx Land Trusts on Tuesday at a ceremony at East Harlem’s Carver Garden, on 124th Street between Second and Third avenues. The rest of the Trust’s gardens are expected to be acquired by the Brooklyn-Queens Land Trust in the fall. — Sarabeth Sanders… [more]
Around 300 community gardens located on city-owned land will be preserved under new regulations from the Department of Parks Recreation, provided that they are registered and licensed with the city, according to a final version of the rules released yesterday. The provision represents a concession to gardeners by the city, according to the Wall Street Journal. The city had wanted to retain control over the spaces in case it ever needs them for different purposes, while gardeners have been lobbying to make their creations permanent. A draft of the new regulations was released last month, prompting ire from the gardeners, who subsequently made their displeasure known at a public hearing. The revised rules, which take effect in 30 days, specify that “new gardens may be created and will have the same protections as existing gardens” and that failing gardens will have nine months to get back on track. [WSJ]