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Expansion examined for Community Garden

Posted: March 10, 2013 9:29 p.m.
Updated: March 10, 2013 9:29 p.m.
 

About two years after opening in Central Park, the Community Gardens of Santa Clarita are looking to grow yet again, according to city officials.

The Community Gardens, located in the western portion of Central Park in Saugus, consist of about 80 plots, according to Santa Clarita Parks, Recreation and Community Services Director Rick Gould.

Speaking at Thursday’s meeting of the city Parks, Recreation and Community Services Commission, Gould said gardeners have indicated a desire to expand the gardens by about another 40 plots sometime in the near future.

More plots for the gardens are necessary because there is typically a waiting list of people wanting to use the space, Gould said.

Carol Mireles, president of the Garden Council that oversees the Community Gardens, said the waiting list has about 52 names on it as of Saturday.

This is why the goal is to expand the gardens to include another 25, 10-by-20 feet raised planting beds, Mireles said.

Mireles said the council hopes to break ground on the expansion by Arbor Day in April. But in the meantime the city is continuing to examine alternatives for additional garden space.

Assistant City Engineer Chris Price said Friday one site the city is interested in is near the start of the South Fork Trail off Magic Mountain Parkway.

While the city owns land in that area, it is under a series of power lines, putting it in the right-of-way for Southern California Edison.

This means the power company needs to sign off on the project before it could move forward. Price said the city has been working with the company for about a year to get the proper authorization.

“We think we’re getting pretty close to getting approval,” Price said. “But then once we do, it becomes a question of how we should move forward.”

One option would be to operate the area as a joint partnership between the city, Community Gardens Club and College of the Canyons, which could be interested in growing produce as part of its culinary arts program, Price said.

But the city would have to work out how COC and community gardeners would work together to manage the additional space, since the city does not have staff to monitor it on a daily basis, Price said.

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