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5 Bridgeport Community Gardens Can Grow, Thanks To $100K State Grant

Five Bridgeport Community Gardens will be able to restore their properties because of a recent state grant. Photo Credit: Bridgeport Community Garden Facebook Page
Five Bridgeport Community Gardens will be able to restore their property because of a recent grant. Photo Credit: Bridgeport Community Gardens Facebook Page

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. --  A state grant worth $110,656 grant has been awarded to restore five community gardens in Bridgeport, Gov. Dannel Malloy announced.

They are part of a network of 13 community gardens in Bridgeport. The gardens are located at 142 Charles St., 509 Arctic St., 122 Arctic St., 617 Ogden St., and 87 Hewitt St.

The renovations can include removing deteriorated/unsafe garden bed framing or support elements; buying lumber, organic garden soil, fencing and gates; and installing accessible raised planters, and flagstone paths.

The grant's sponsor was the Green Village Initiative.

The Hewitt Street location is also part of Johnson Oak Park, a facility that recently received a federal grant under the Land & Water Conservation Fund, Outdoor Recreation legacy Partnership Program.

The grant for the Bridgeport gardens is part of a larger award of $500,000 to support community gardens in four Connecticut cities.

The Urban Green and Community Garden Initiative is available to targeted and/or distressed municipalities.

The grants can be used to reclaim or enhance an existing open space or community gardens. The benefits of this program is not only to open an area up to recreation and environmental education but to also improve community health through various actions such as producing various vegetables and fruits and providing much needed green space in more highly developed areas.

Malloy also awarded $5.9 million to 17 communities to restore and maintain Connecticut's open spaces.

“Through these grants, we will increase the availability of open space for our residents to enjoy – whether they live in our state’s beautiful cities, suburbs or rural areas,” he said.

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