TEXARKANA — The City of Texarkana, Texas, in partnership with the Housing Authority of Texarkana, Texas, Rosehill Neighborhood Improvement Association and Believe in Beverly Neighborhood Association, completed the installation of a new community garden along with upgrading an existing community garden.
The projects were part of the Community Development Block Grant action plan, and the city’s housing authority provided the lot for the new community garden in Rosehill located at the corner of Milam and West 13th Street. The gardens were completed due to the work from volunteers from both neighborhood associations.
“These dedicated community volunteers were not only instrumental in completing these community gardens but have continuously volunteered their time for revitalization in our community” Kristi Kendrick, President of the Believe in Beverly Neighborhood Association said.
The new garden has 11 raised garden boxes, eight elevated garden boxes, three picnic tables, and a water tank to catch rainwater. There are also apple and fig trees planted along with blueberry bushes and flowers planned for spring planting.
The Beverly Community Garden also features additional raised beds were installed, fresh soil brought in for all beds, a new top installed on the rainwater tank, fig trees were planted as well as blueberries and raspberries.
“This is an avenue to build community, spark creativity, and inspire our youth”, Rhonda Dolberry, President of Rosehill Neighborhood Improvement Association said.
“Enough cannot be said of how wonderful it was to have really great volunteers from organizations like Phi Lambda Chi National Fraternity, The Scholars and also individuals that want to see these neighborhoods continue to improve,” Vashil Fernandez, Community Development Specialist for the City of Texarkana, Texas, said. “This is a great start towards phase one of the neighborhood stabilization, which is to improve community engagement in the planning and implementation of various strategies for development.”
Each garden also a “Little Library” and new signs. The “Little Library” is designed with a “take one, leave one” concept.
The gardens are available to anyone who would like to grown their own vegetables, flowers, herbs, and everyone is encouraged to use the spaces.