If all goes as planned, each of these will add significantly to the beautification and well-being of our neighborhoods.
All of them have the full support of the city, as well as some neighborhood civic associations.
Some even have business partners. The goals are to provide healthy foods, neighbor bonding, youth activities, and attractive surroundings.
EASTSIDE: On Prospect Street, under the leadership of Jerry Avery and Bennie Doggett, a very large garden is underway. Lots of raised beds for individual plots or group plots will be provided. The abandoned American Legion building is planned for storage and water access, as well as an attractive mural on the front and sides.
GOEBEL PARK: Fifth and Philadelphia Streets, Main Strasse residents and the Drug Court alumni are underway in establishing an attractive gateway into Covington from I-75 with new stone beds for berries, perennials and colorful annuals and wooden raised beds for veggies. Rain barrels and compost bins will assist these developments.
WEST LATONIA: On Ashland Avenue, Joshua Scarpacci and the West Latonia Neighborhood Association have begun a very nice fenced-in garden behind the community park/playground. Raised beds are planned, compost beds, a green house and rain barrels will support their efforts. Several neighbors have really stepped up to help.
CENTER FOR GREAT NEIGHBORHOODS: Rachel Hastings and the entire staff plus Andrea Dee (Kenton County Cooperative Extension Agent) have already built 5-raised beds, plus two mounded areas for potatoes and onions, in a "demonstration garden."
MORNING GLORY BED AND BREAKFAST: on Seventh Street, where Emily and Paul Weckman and Kenny Bussel and Brenda Zechmeister are in their 2nd year with an outstanding productive plot. Several hundred pounds of tomatoes were delivered to Otto's Restaurant plus brussel sprouts, beans and much more.
RITTE/YATES at Jackson and Lee Streets. The 25 + year old garden started by the Center for Great Neighboods is now headed up by Faye Massey. Several new helpers will be involved this year.
JOHN G.CARLISLE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL'S Carr-Collins Memorial Childrens Garden on Pike Street: Another new area as an educational learning center spearheaded by Emily Weckman and Janice Wilkerson and the teaching and administative staffs.
There are probably other areas not identified above.
Story source: City of Covington press release
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