A community garden is coming to an eastside city park

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City staff have approved a community garden application for Ed Taylor Park, the first since policies were updated for gardens in city parks.

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The Ed Taylor Park Community Collective was granted a one-year term, renewable possibly for a three-year term. It’s in the neighbourhood below the 10th Street East extension, which passes to the south of the park. Its address is 1120 12th Ave. E.

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The garden will cover 345 square metres, now a grassy area where a ball diamond once was, with the opportunity to expand by up to 457 square metres more. It’s in the northeast quadrant of the park.

Simona Freibergova shepherded the application through the city’s requirements on behalf of a few residents who live near the park. She said the city process was so long and involved that she said she doubted residents could do it alone.

She founded The Sustainability Project Inc., a non-profit, to support community gardens in Grey-Bruce, she said. This is the third community garden she’s started in four years. She was approached by residents for help, she said.

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Six people belong to the Ed Taylor Park Community Collective and are responsible for the garden operations, in keeping with an agreement expected to be signed with the city Oct. 12.

Freibergova said berries will be planted along the north and west

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