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As many of you know, the city of Annapolis has sold the old Recreation and Parks
property where Grow Annapolis created and maintained our first community
garden, called the “City Dock Garden.” Since the site was purchased by a
developer to build luxury condominiums, the future of the garden is bleak indeed
and applications can no longer be accepted for City Dock. Although this decision
was a huge blow to all of us at Grow Annapolis, the good news is that Annapolis
City Manager, Thomas Andrews, agreed to help us find a replacement site.
Of all the sites proposed, the one that popped out as having the most potential is
the lot adjacent to the Eastport Fire Station. This 35 by 120 ft. tract of land is
partially shaded by tall trees but more than half open to full sun. Fire Chief David
Stokes and Station Captain Janet Wiseman have both welcomed our interest in
using the property for gardens. A soil test for lead came back negative and so we
are now in the planning stages for the new community garden!
It is our hope that the new Eastport Fire Station community gardens will be up
and running by late spring of this year. We hope to host a work party to build the
raised beds sometime in late April. You may fill out an application for the site and
be in line to get a plot once it is ready. If you are interested in helping to make
these goals a reality, please contact board members Anne Van Allen, Cathy
Umphrey or Dalyn Huntley. In the meantime, keep your fingers crossed that this
location will soon be our new downtown home!