Nashua aldermen approve lease for community garden
By KIMBERLY HOUGHTON
Union Leader Correspondent | May 16. 2013 10:46PM
This week, the Board of Aldermen approved a resolution authorizing the city to enter into a lease agreement with Gate City Community Gardens. For a $1 annual payment, the gardening group will be able to use a parcel situated on the north side of the Heritage Rail Trail between Everett and Stevens streets.
Gate City Community Gardens has been searching for a home for its first garden for several months. The new plot is about 132 feet by 34 feet, and should accommodate up to 20 individual gardening plots, according to organizers.
The mission of Gate City Community Gardens is to foster social engagement, public wellness, safer neighborhoods and environmental stewardship in the city through community gardening and educational programming, according to its Facebook page.
"We are very excited about this opportunity. I think there is a lot of support for the project," Paul Shea, vice-president of the group, said recently. "This is a good deal for us."
While the cost of renting individual gardening plots has yet to be finalized, Maynard said earlier that his group may charge a $20 or $30 fee for a single plot. A list of people and organizations interested in renting plots has already been created, he said.
The first garden will be named the Heritage Rail Trail Community Garden, according to the proposed lease.
"I wanted to be sympathetic to the needs of this group," said Cookson.
The lease agreement was unanimously approved by the Board of Aldermen with little discussion on Tuesday.
The area surrounding the new community gardening site has recently been discussed as a possible future home for the city's Public Health Department.