Contact Information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Address: 2117-19 S Central Park Ave
Neighborhood/Community Area: North Lawndale
Garden Established: 1996
Protected by NeighborSpace: 2002
Community Partners: North Lawndale Greening Committee
About the Garden: 2100 South Central Park Block Club Garden went from a vacant lot that was used for abandoned cars and garbage to an urban oasis. Some concerned neighbors wanted to rid the area of what was a real “eye sore.” They, their children, and others in the community worked to transform the land. It now showcases flowers, plum, apple and juniper trees and an area dedicated to the memory of war veterans. The garden has provided the community with a place for solace. Over the years, they’ve gotten help from various volunteer groups – among them, college kids and the North Lawndale Group (of high school students) have provided their strength, energy and enthusiasm in the Fall clean-up and with other garden activities.
Sister Patricia, one of the original garden leaders, has been gratified by the unexpected nice comments from people. She’s also been surprised by the wild canaries that come to the garden and the one-time visit by a red fox. Sister Pat didn’t expect the urban garden to be a “wildlife refuge!”