Spring St. Community Garden, part of Councilmember Huizar’s DTLA Forward, opened Saturday – Collaboration among Huizar’s office, residents, the Los Angeles Community Garden Council and Joe’s Parking
Councilmember José Huizar joined with Downtown residents and representatives from the Los Angeles Community Garden Council and Joe’s Parking to celebrate the opening of Downtown Los Angeles historic core’s first community garden Saturday. Through a lottery system, Downtown residents were able to secure approximately 35 raised beds, including some reserved for low-income and homeless residents. The garden also includes a compost pile and picnic tables.
“As part of our DTLA Forward initiative, the Spring Street Community Garden will help us build a stronger Downtown community, while encouraging healthy eating and social interaction among neighbors,” said Councilmember Huizar. “It was my absolute pleasure to work with the Los Angeles Community Garden Council, Joe’s Parking and local residents in opening up Downtown Historic Core’s first community garden and I cannot wait to see this gardening oasis thrive in our urban environment.”
After residents from the Higgens Building in Downtown Los Angeles approached Councilmember Huizar last fall asking for assistance in opening a community garden, Huizar worked with Joe’s Parking owners who donated property at 220 S. Spring Street to be used as the garden’s site. Part of Councilmember Huizar’s DTLA Forward initiative, which seeks to improve public space, access and uses in Downtown, Huizar also donated $10,000 in startup funds to get the effort underway. Joe’s Parking Lot donated $2,500. The Los Angeles Community Garden Council advises more than 40 community garden operators in Los Angeles County on how to successfully open and operate gardens.