Five lucky cities win green-space grants


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Five U.S. cities can now get a little greener, thanks to being selected for the 2012 GRO1000 Gardens and Green Spaces Grant Awards Programs.
Sponsored by the U.S. Conference of Mayors and The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company, the grants will go toward developing community gardens and green spaces in the following cities:

  • Upton Edible Garden, Baltimore – This initiative from Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake will create community vegetable gardens that will serve as educational sites where residents can learn about growing and cooking healthy food.
  • I-126/Greystone Boulevard Interchange Beautification project, Columbia, S.C. – The green space entrance way into the Riverbanks Zoo and Garden, one of the most successful mid-sized zoos in the United States, will get some much-needed enhancements under this project from Mayor Steven Benjamin.
  • Urban Agriculture Innovation Zone, Cleveland – This project, under the leadership of Mayor Frank Jackson, will repurpose 26-acres of vacant, formerly residential land for urban agriculture.
  • Lindale Park Community Garden, Corpus Christi, Texas – Mayor Joe Adame will oversee this initiative to bring a raised garden area with 20-8×8 plots, a turf demonstration area, as well as rain water harvesting barrels and compost bins to Lindale Park.
  • Quesada Gardens Initiative, San Francisco – This initiative under Mayor Edwin Lee will expand the gardens to create a new education area and public gathering space with the potential for food swapping, distribution and vending.

“Over the last several years, the conference has pushed for cities to develop community gardens to enhance the health and quality of life in our neighborhoods,” said conference president Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa in a press statement. “This new Grant Awards Program shines an important spotlight on mayoral efforts to support innovative gardens and green spaces. ”

The winning cities were selected by a panel of former mayors and national garden experts from a pool of more than 80 applicants. Grants, in the amount of $25,000 from ScottsMiracle-Gro, were awarded to the five cities.