The city’s Facilities and Field Services Division gave residents an update on the much-anticipated return of its community garden program this week.
The former garden at Detroit and Lexington, located on a private lot, will be back in operation by late October or early November, according to Division Manager Helen Collins. The lease will be finalized within the next two weeks, allowing the city to begin preparing the site, with some improvements planned.
“We’ve decided to do it a little different this time,” Collins said. To address the poor quality of the dirt, the city will be building raised beds and bringing in mulch as ground cover. The garden should receive more sunlight with the building on the back lot no longer there to cast shade.
The garden remains a temporary project; it is only scheduled to operate between 18 and 24 months, and no other gardens are being planned at this time.
Residents interested in using the garden are encouraged to contact the city at (323) 848-6400 or visit weho.org.
Previously, the Detroit Garden held 33 plots which were rented out at $100 per year for three years maximum and granted via lottery. Plots were available only to those who lived or worked in WeHo.