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Grant-funded community garden hosts public grand opening, May 9

Summary

Celebrate the grand opening of a community garden in Kent on Wednesday, May 9 from 6-8 p.m. Volunteers with World Relief and the Hillside Church will kick off the spring growing season with tours of the Paradise Parking Plots Community Garden, which earned a $75,000 grant through King County’s WaterWorks Grant Program to control polluted runoff through the inventive use of green stormwater infrastructure.

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A former parking lot in Kent is now a community garden that offers food and kinship for newly arrived immigrants and refugees, thanks to countless volunteer hours and funding through King County’s WaterWorks Grant Program.

 

The public is invited to a tour of the project on Wednesday, May 9 from 6-8 p.m. at the Hillside Church in Kent, located at 930 East James Street in Kent.

 

King County’s Wastewater Treatment Division allocated $75,000 in funding to a project spear-headed by World Relief Seattle and the Hillside Church in Kent to reduce stormwater pollution and control flooding through the inventive use of green stormwater infrastructure.

 

The result is the hard work is the Paradise Parking Plots Community Garden, a one-acre site with 50 garden plots irrigated by harvested rainwater collected and stored in two 4,000-gallon cisterns.

 

The free, family-friendly event will offer garden tours, children’s activities, international food samples, and more.

 

In addition to reducing impervious surface and polluted runoff, the transformed site offers a place for community members to bond while growing their own healthy and culturally appropriate food. The garden project will also feature a full service commercial kitchen offering classes on harvest preservation including canning, freezing and fermenting techniques.

 

World Relief Seattle is the largest refugee resettlement organization in the state of Washington that has resettled more than 30,000 refugees in its four decades of operation.

 

More information on King County’s WaterWorks Grants is available online.