Community garden gets the nod

More Westside residents will be able to grow their own vegetables as a garden society received West Kelowna support for building a community garden at the northern end of Shannon Woods Park.

  • Jan. 28, 2011 3:00 p.m.

More Westside residents will be able to grow their own vegetables as a garden society received West Kelowna support for building a community garden at the northern end of Shannon Woods Park.

West Kelowna council voted Jan. 25 to work with the Central Okanagan Community Garden Society on a new community garden at the northern end of Shannon Woods Park, in conjunction with a new dog park on the same land. The society intends to cover the cost of construction of the garden, except for the expense of running a water line to the facility which will be borne by the district.

Planning manager Nancy Henderson said the intention is for the garden to hold approximately 30 plots. Water use at $400 a year is intended to service 20 to 30 plots, with the exact number depending on space available and use.

Coun. Carol Zanon said the facility is proposed right next to an impending dog park, and asked if there would be a facility there for people to get water to give to their dogs. She noted the district would already be bringing water to the garden, adjacent to the dog park. Zanon added the ability to have a water fountain nearby would be a nice feature.

Coun. Bryden Winsby said he suspects the community garden will be welcomed by a lot of people, and the dog park will be welcomed by many more.

“I’m in absolute favour of both.”

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