Yesterday was a crucial moment!! Last night we had our proposal to the council meeting, which was also approved by the council. We were aiming for the town square, right in front of the library partly because it can hold about 20 plots. Council, however, reject this place for their own reasons, so we have to work with smaller... places that hold between 6-10 plots, depending on which one will be finally approved. The council has directed our request to staff to finalize the decision regarding the first site of the community garden.
The two sites that scored highest on the list, also were the ones preferred by council, were one on 537 Fraser St (the residential house next to the teen centre), right next to Esquimalt recreation center and the second one in Andersen park on Colville road (right next to Esq. high school and Craigflower); both sites have easy accessibility to public transit as well as good accessibility to parking spots.
We are focusing on one site at the moment, but once we get it going we are looking to establish more sites throughout Esqumalt, with the help of the community of course. So there's still lots of work ahead of us and lots of future vision as well!!Right now we are waiting for the staff recommendation regarding the final... site approval... If you would like to get involved, either volunteer in our public events, volunteer establishing the community garden or simply reserve a plot once it gets established please e-mail the Task Force to express your interest and support: esquimaltcommunitygardens "at" gmail "dot" com