First W.F. Community Garden Dedicated

Published 11/14 2013 06:53PM

Updated 11/14 2013 09:13PM

Wichita Falls community leaders and residents braved this morning's chilly weather to dedicate the city's first community garden.
A ribbon cutting ended more than a year of planning and construction for the Smith Street Community Garden.
It's located across from the Martin Luther King Center and organizers say talk actually started on this garden after the flood in 2007 left numerous vacant lots on the Eastside.
So the city bought this property and turned it into a 79 plot community garden.
And while the property was dedicated today gardeners will not have access to it for a while.

"We know that we can't put anything in the ground and expect to water it until we're out of Stage 4 but it would be fool hearted to wait until after the drought was over to get the plots set up and to get this whole concept complete and finalized," says Arthur Bea Williams, a former Wichita Falls city councilor and master gardener.

Coordinators say once the city's water issue improves then plots will be sold seasonally or yearly.

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