Green Spaces and Community Gardens
We’re excited to report the completion of the Whiting Street community garden and continuing progress on the Decatur Alley cleanup.
The Whiting Street project reclaimed a vacant weed- and trash-covered city-owned lot, once used as a shortcut and haven for neighborhood drug dealers, and gave it a new purpose for community use and enjoyment. Today, the lot is the site of a pergola, poetry and art displays, benches and a brick walkway, surrounded by 15 raised planting beds filled with vegetables and flowers tended by community gardeners.
The project was the work of the Acre Coalition to Improve Our Neighborhood (ACTION), the Coalition for a Better Acre, Mill City Grows, and Youthbuild, with contributions from many other city and community organizations. Funding was provided by grants from the City of Lowell and NeighborWorks America, and trees for the park were donated by Lowell Parks and Conservation Trust. CBA’s new community leadership institute team of staff and resident leaders did outreach to recruit volunteers for the garden.
Decatur Alley, once an overgrown jungle running between Merrimack and Salem Street, has begun its transformation into a walkway connecting University Crossing to Decatur Street. Crews of volunteers from CBA and ACTION have spent several afternoons with chainsaws, gloves, and rakes to clear out trees, weeds and trash. Our plan is to create a walkway from University Crossing to Decatur Street with poetry pedestals and benches to create a pleasant greenway for neighborhood use.