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New community garden coming to Kamloops neighbourhood

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July 17, 2018 - 11:45 AM

KAMLOOPS - The residents of Aberdeen could see a new community garden at a nearby park by next spring.

In a report prepared for city council today, July 17, staff say grant funding has been received to enhance amenities at West Highlands Park as part of an environment-friendly project. The report says the Aberdeen community has been on a waitlist for a community garden, which was one of many reasons the park was chosen as the ideal location.

The Carbon Park project is being proposed by the city's engineering and sustainability department.

The project details include planting approximately 40 different trees with labels explaining the environmental benefits of specific trees and constructing an amphitheatre which will be used as an outdoor classroom and include seating for approximately 25 people as well as a focal point for a teacher.

The community garden will be established in partnership with Interior Community Services and Aberdeen Community Association for individuals looking to grow their own produce.

The education program will be an interpretive program which will encourage visitors to walk the park trails.

"The interactive education program will use a variety of mediums, signs, brochures and electronic media to explore the major themes of climate change, environmental stewardship and ecosystem protection," the report says.

The city will also partner with Tk'emlups te Secwepemc to educate park visitors on traditional ecological knowledge and connection to the area.

The total budget for the project is $129,050. The funding was provided by TD Bank Groups, TD Friends of the Environment, CN and the city.

Construction on the outdoor learning space and the community garden is intended to begin this summer and fall. The education program will be developed in partnership with various organizations including WildSafe B.C. and School District No. 73 through the fall and winter.

The official launch of the Carbon Park project is expected next spring.

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