The Westside Park Group consists of three community gardens. All are located in or around the historic west side of Paterson. Elysian Fields Community Garden at School #5, The Hillcrest Community Garden and the JFK Spirit Garden are all in partnership to share resources, knowledge and all things “garden”. Fourteen fruit trees were planted in the JFK garden and six were planted in Elysian Fields. Those instrumental in achieving this task included Pat O’Connor (Hillcrest Community Garden), Bob Statuto (Paterson DPW), other members of the DPW and the Kennedy Green Club Students.
The “vandal proof” sign holders for the walking path have been received and will be installed within the next month. Hopefully more funding will be available to “pave” the way with ADA compliant materials enabling those who depend on wheelchairs/walkers to increase their mobility as well as those walking young children in strollers to walk the path.
To date approximately 75% of the project is complete with plans to expand the garden in the near future. A “Future Knights” garden designed to attract the children in the HeadStart Program across the street is in the works. Raised garden beds to accommodate wheelchairs are also being planned.
The momentum is incredible. The partnerships are expanding and the neighborhood is well on its way to becoming a “model” of what urban gardening, exercise and cooperation should be!!!!