Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Meeting today on the fate of the Twin Oaks Community Garden

The Twin Oaks Community Garden, located at 14th and Taylor, is a nice and surprising little spot -- one day I was wandering around up there and stumbled upon it, it's two big areas on either side of Taylor Street with all kinds of plots growing all kinds of veggies. It's been there for some time and looks to be quite popular.

It was no wonder, then, that when the city announced plans for the renovation of neighboring Powell Elementary School, and those plans involved removing part of the garden, people were upset.

Tonight at 6:30 pm, there's a community meeting about the issue, which includes moving part of the garden to near Upshur Street. Here's all the details.
Dear Columbia Heights

As many of you know, the north side of Twin Oaks Community Garden—which is located on either side of Taylor St NW at 14th St–has been slated for demolition to make way for a parking lot as part of the renovation of the neighboring Powell Elementary School.

We are writing to inform you that, after receiving suggestions on alternative parking options from Twin Oaks as well as comments from the community, the D.C. Department of General Services (DGS) has decided to proceed with the destruction of the north side of the garden. There will be a community meeting this Tuesday to announce the decision as well as plans to build a new garden in Upshur park, and we invite all community members to attend to weigh in.

Where: Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave NW
When: Tuesday, August 5th, 6:30pm

Thank you for your support,
Twin Oaks Community Garden
I haven't written much about the garden, but there was this interview with an organizer from a few years ago.

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