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Eatontown Digs Up Community Garden Discussion

EATONTOWN: After the original plan never materialized, the Eatonown Council is once again looking to bring a community garden to the borough.

Eatontown Green Team Chairman Ed Dlugosz reintroduced the idea during the May 10 council meeting and said the group was looking to bring the garden back in a project called the Eatontown Environmental Education Center.

The idea would be to not only have a community garden, but also a facility where residents, schools and civic organizations could come together to learn about the environment. The fruits, vegetables and flowers would be also be grown by residents, school children and even the local food bank. Dlugosz said there over 60 residents who have said they would be interested in purchasing a plot.

The center would be located on a vacant piece of 2.5 acre land on the east side of Grant Avenue in the area of Husky Brook Park. Dlugosz said a recent soil test on the property resulted in favorable results and Councilman Anthony Talerico said the land can likely only be used as a farm.

The center would be built in phases, starting with an access road, a fence, walking area, a storage shed and possibly a small play area for children. Talerico said the plan is still in its conceptual phase and that no plans have been finalized as the final cost has not yet been tabulated.

The council authorized the borough's engineering firm, T&M, to investigate the cost of running water to the site as well as what it would cost to install a walking path and play area.

Talerico said there is also money left over from the construction of Husky Brook Park that can be used to help offset the cost to create the center.

The plan will likely be discussed more in the next two months.


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