If you’ve walked on Duluth near rue Coloniale recently, you’ve probably noticed a charming change in the neighbourhood. A local community centre, House of Friendship has transformed its paved parking lot into a fresh-faced community garden. The Duluth Avenue Community Greening Initiative, a project of the House of Friendship, has teamed up with Soverdi (La Société de Verdissement) in an effort to green Duluth and create a vibrant and interactive community space. The overall aim of the initiative is to nourish the neighborhood, helping it become more close-knit, healthier, and happier though its shared environment and socially-conscious activities.
The idea for the project dates back to last year and developed through months of design phases and grant proposals. A few weeks ago at the end of May, the initial depaving and installation took place. The plot was decorated with hand-crafted wooden boxes and benches filled with herbs and flowers, woodland plants, shrubbery and a tree. The website has a cute video that whizzes through the entire parking-lot-to-garden process in 6 minutes.
Seating areas throughout allow for small meetings, workshops, and educational programmes. The entire venture was realized for under $6,000 and features recycled paving stones, reused hydro poles used to raised beds and benches, as well as local artistry. Maintenance and additional planting is scheduled for June, with an official opening ceremony late June/July.