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Year Established: 2000
Local Leader: Vera Watson
Community Group: Austin Green Team
NeighborSpace Partnership: 2004
It’s not uncommon for workers at the manufacturing plant directly behind Unity Garden to enjoy their lunch and a card or chess game on the garden’s back brick patio – it is the only open space nearby where they can enjoy some time outdoors during the work day. These local workers are just one of many groups who utilize and have come to appreciate the tranquility and beauty of Unity Garden. Named by a local schoolgirl as a result of an essay contest for the garden, its flower-filled expanse covers one full lot. Prior to the garden’s establishment, the lots were home to a wide range of trash and abandoned vehicles and had been the site of a sexual assault in the early 90s. Over the years, Unity Garden has evolved from its original plan to incorporate many more flower species, two brick patios, an arbor, and several benches painted with images of African-American history by neighborhood children.