New West Lafayette Community Garden is underway

Volunteers are constructing a new community garden in honor of Earth Day on Monday, Apr. 22.

Posted: Apr 22, 2019 12:56 PM
Updated: Apr 22, 2019 12:57 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — The new West Lafayette Community Garden is underway.

Volunteers are constructing it in honor of Earth Day on Monday, Apr. 22. The garden is replacing the former one that sat at the north entrance of Cumberland Park near Kalberer road.

This new garden is located at the south entrance of Cumberland Park near Salisbury Road.

The parks department said the city was in need of a bigger garden. The new garden will provide more than 20 additional garden beds, making it 78 plots in total.

West Lafayette Park Superintendent Kathy Lozano said this is a huge project for the city.

“It's a big undertaking we're building 78 beds, we're moving 92 thousand pounds of earth and lots of mulch,” said Lozano.

Lozano said many in the community find the garden useful.

“It's important for us to create that sense of community and allow people who may live in apartments and might not have the opportunity in their yard to have a garden,” said Lozano.

She said there is a large population of renters in the community. The event welcomed anyone who's able to help.

Purdue Research Foundation brought a large group of volunteers as well as the Tippecanoe County Purdue Extension.

Jimmy John’s, Dunkle Custom Build and Henry Poor Lumber Company were among the businesses who donated to the event.

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