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A Community Green Space Grows Many Things

The space at 4th & Adams in Anoka was designed by Growing Green Hearts to grow trees, plants, food, and COMMUNITY.  It was great to meet Sue Austreng, journalist for the Anoka County Union Herald, last month.  She spent hours celebrating, playing, taking pictures, and talking with people at the dedication ceremony for the Zion Lutheran Community Greenspace on May 21st.   As Sue has woven into the article, a community green space grows many things:  plants, trees, play spots, learning opportunities, friendships, and COMMUNITY!

Zion Community Greenspace ArticleThe entire article can be found at Anoka County UnionHerald article.  Here’s a snip it as written by Sue Austreng for the May 30th issue.

Kneeling on the fertile ground, their shovels easily sinking into the rain soaked soil, earth science students planted a rain garden May 21.

After gardener Heidi Ferris shared a brief lesson about how a rain garden’s plants help “clean up” snowmelt and rainfall, the Anoka Middle School for the Arts students dug in and planted sedum and dogwood trees in the space at the corner of Fourth Avenue and Adams Street in Anoka.

Their teacher, Heather Birklid, said it likely won’t be the last lesson her students will learn in that space, which lies just across Fourth Avenue from the middle school.

The outdoor classroom is part of Zion Community Green Space, dedicated May 21. Seeds planted there will produce education and play, color and life and growth.

In addition to the outdoor classroom, the green space, planned and designed by Ferris on property owned by Zion Lutheran Church, offers a community garden with four raised beds, a playground, and picnic area.

Read the article in it’s entirety at Anoka County UnionHerald.

Play. Learn. Love.

June 2014