City of Mesa News Article
Grand opening for Washington-Escobedo Community Garden
By: Kevin Christopher
04/30/13 10:36 AM

April 30, 2013
Public Information & Communications
Contact: Kevin Christopher
Tel. 480-644-4699  

Mesa, AZ – With the help of several project partners, a grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony was held today for the Washington-Escobedo Community Garden, 503 N. Lewis St.
“This is a great example of the community coming together, taking a vacant parcel of land and turning it into a point of pride for the neighborhood,” District 4 Councilmember Chris Glover said.
The Washington-Escobedo Community Garden has 26 gardening beds.  While the majority of plots are for reservation by community members, several will be used to educate students on gardening and nutritious eating habits.  The property is owned by the City but, because of its narrow width, is unable to be developed under current zoning requirements and is considered a remnant parcel.
"We are grateful to the partners and volunteers who built this garden,” Washington-Advisory Neighborhood Advisory Committee President Maria Mancinas said.  "With our neighborhood Quality of Life Plan in mind, we started a communal garden to help make our community a more welcoming and beautiful place. This garden functions as a space for group collaboration and cooperation towards emotional, physical, and nutritional wellness."
West Mesa Community Development Corporation, which has organized meetings with community residents, will oversee the garden.  The City of Mesa provided a lease for the land.  DMB Associates selected the garden as its service day project, held on April 20, and covered the construction costs.  Other partners on the project include Save the Family Foundation, Step Up Charter Schools and Rebuilding Together-Phoenix. 
The Washington-Escobedo Community Garden is the second garden that resulted from the iMesa community engagement initiative.  iMesa is an ongoing grassroots improvement effort where residents submit, vote and comment on ideas that transform the community. 


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