It has been a while since I have sent out an update on the work we have been involved with in Acton. I thought I would take the time to bring everyone up to speed along with our Acton Garden enthusiasts on what is happening with the Action Cooperative Community Garden initiative.
Back in December 2011, the idea of a cooperative community garden for Acton really “took root”! Since that time we have been busy:
- There have been many volunteer hours spent by local garden supporters designing and planning for the garden,
- Town staff supported the group to find a suitable location for the garden,
- We have been raising the funds for the garden through a number of successful grants and some generous donations, and
- Community Development Halton has been working with Town staff to develop a lease agreement for a lovely part of Rotary Park.
I am pleased to announce that the staff report and Lease Agreement were supported today at Community Affairs Committee!
There are still a number of steps to be taken:
- Halton Hills Town Council will now need to pass a by-law in order for the Mayor and Town Clerk to sign the Lease Agreement. This will happen on May 22nd.
- We are required to conduct a community consultation process to ensure that those living close by the park and any other interested citizen have a chance to ask questions and raise any concerns about the garden. Notices will be going out tomorrow, with a notice will be in the paper this week.
- The open house for the garden will be on Friday June 1st from 7 pm to 8:30 pm at St. Alban’s Church. You of course are all welcome and encouraged to come. We view this as a great opportunity to share the vision for the garden and encourage community participation.
- After the Open House I will provide the Town with a short report on any concerns raised during the consultation (I will ensure that is delivered first thing June 4th). Barring any major objections from that process, the Lease Agreement will be signed by CDH and the Town.
Then we can build, dig and plant!
In the meantime:
- spread the word about the garden;
- please let us know if you know a contractor that would be willing to oversee the process of turning over the sod; and
- plan to attend the Open House to show your support for the Garden.
Many thanks for your continuous support.