On Friday, May 3, 2013 construction began on the Elizabeth Community Garden. When the garden is complete it will become the 3rd community garden built at the YMCA of Eastern Union County. The Y currently has community gardens in Rahway and Union. The garden in Elizabeth will serve families in our sustainable housing program, teens in our Building Future Leaders Program, children in our day camp program and the Elizabeth Community.
Leadership and volunteers were provided by Groundwork Elizabeth and the Y. Jonathan Phillips, CEO of Groundwork Elizabeth led the group to build 5 (4’ by 10’) garden beds on Madison Avenue across from the Elizabeth Branch. Dark, rich soil was delivered and filled the beds once they were constructed. We had enough left over to support a neighboring garden in the area.
Now that the beds are ready, planting will begin at the end of the month bringing together families, teens and children in the process. The garden will be up and ready by the June 13th, grand reopening of our Elizabeth Branch. All of the community leaders will be invited to see our newest addition to community health and well-being.
The YMCA of Eastern Union County, Trinitas, Regional Medical Center, Groundwork Elizabeth, The City of Elizabeth, Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center, Rutgers and Michael Baker Corporation are working together for Shaping Elizabeth to improve the health and well-being of the residents of the City of Elizabeth.