Plot rentals available for season at community garden in Bear Creek Regional Park
The nonprofit group manages the organic Charmaine Nymann Community Garden in Bear Creek Regional Park East, located southeast of 21st and Rio Grande Streets.
The two-acre, fenced-in location offers full plots (20 x 40 feet) and half plots (20 x 20 feet). Gardeners pay an annual fee, which covers spring tilling and watering for the season.
Gardeners also agree to do four hours of volunteer work per season to support the garden, including eight plots growing produce for local charities, according to a press release from the association.
The website, bearcreekgardens.org, explains the history of the garden at that site, dating it back to the El Paso County Poor Farm (1900-1976), which gave a home to indigents trying to get back on their feet. The current garden was run by the CSU Extension Service from 1976 to 1985, when it was taken over by the Garden Association, co-founded and led by Nymann until her retirement in 2013.
For more information, call 634-4433 or 576-2664.
Westside Pioneer/press release