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Apply for community garden plot at Maple Park by March 30

imageAdapted from City of Burlington press release

A new community garden is being planned for Maple Park. Applications to rent a garden plot here for the 2016 garden season will be accepted between March 14 and 30.

There are also plans for a community garden at Ireland Park in 2017.

The new Maple Park Community Garden will be located in Maple Park alongside Maple Avenue, just north of the parking lot. Construction will begin in the spring and the opening date will depend on weather conditions.

The cost to rent a garden plot for the season is $50. Water, soil and compost are supplied. All plots have full sun and access to a storage shed.

A lottery of all the applicants for Maple Park Community Garden will take place at the beginning of April. Successful applicants will be notified by the community gardens coordinator.

An online application will be available beginning Monday, March 14 at www.burlington.ca/communitygardens. Printed forms may be picked up and dropped off at the Burlington Seniors’ Centre at 2285 New St. or at City Hall at 426 Brant St., at the Service Burlington counter.

Completed applications must be received by the city no later than Wednesday, March 30, 2016.

Burlington’s other community gardens are located at Amherst Park, Central Park and Francis Road Bikeway. Applications for these locations were accepted in November 2015, and all the plots have been assigned for the 2016 garden season.

Residents interested in starting up and operating a community garden in their neighbourhood are encouraged to find out more about Burlington’s Neighbourhood Community Matching Fund at www.burlington.ca/matchingfund.

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