Garden, KLL fields get parks grants

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The Keizer Parks Advisory Board considered and unanimously approved two matching grant applications at its meeting Tuesday Nov. 8. First up were Peggy and Jerry Moore, garden coordinators at Rickman Community Garden near Chalmers Jones Park behind the Keizer Civic Center The Moores, working with the Marion-Polk Food Share (MPFS), asked the board for a $1,700 match grant to install a 6-foot fence around the garden. “We’ve had a small amount of vandalism and a significant amount of theft. It’s disappointing when people work so hard and then they go to harvest and their tomatoes or cucumbers are gone,” said Peggy. Many of the plots help low- or fixed-income residents get by. Rickman gardeners have identified neighbors of the park, rather than the youth that frequent Carlson Skate Park, as the primary culprits. MPFS is contributing materials and labor to the project, the total cost of which would be about $6,900. To help save on costs, the garden fence will utilize the fence around the city workshops adjacent to the garden on the north side. Two access points are planned, one for gardeners and another for trucks delivering soil and supplies. Gardeners will be given a code to a combination lock for access. “I think this is a really worthwhile project that provides something worthwhile to the city,” said Matt Lawyer, a...

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