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La Mesa receives $30K grant for first community garden

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Posted at 6:23 PM, Jan 15, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-15 21:23:49-05

LA MESA, Calif. (KGTV) -- The city of La Mesa announced Friday that the city's first community garden would receive a $30,000 grant to help fund the remaining infrastructure.

The grant money comes from California's Age-Friendly Community program presented by The San Diego Foundation.

Under the program, partners prioritize age-friendly initiatives in eight domain areas: transportation, housing, outdoor spaces and buildings, community support and health services, respect and social inclusion, communication and information, civic participation, and employment.

The City of La Mesa was recognized as a global Age-Friendly Community and in 2019 adopted the Livable La Mesa Age-Friendly Action Plan.

This grant will help fund the remaining infrastructure needed for the first public community garden in La Mesa, located at MacArthur Park, centrally located close to La Mesa’s historic downtown, targeted to open in spring 2021.

The garden will create an inter-generational space that will enhance the park’s amenities and improve access to healthy eating, exercise, and active living.

Applications for a lottery for leasing the first garden beds are expected to be published next month.

In addition to the grant, the garden project has received a $5,000 grant from the San Diego Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects and $5,000 founder level sponsorships from EDCO, The Cushman Foundation, La Mesa Sunrise Rotary, and Laurie MacDonald of Coldwell Banker West.