Children's Garden redesign revealed at open house

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The Old Ottawa East Children's Garden will be closed this year due to soil contamination. Facebook/Children's Garden

Old Ottawa East popular garden to be closed this summer for soil remediation work

Michelle Nash Baker,  Ottawa Community News

The Old Ottawa East Children's Garden will be closed this year due to soil contamination. The park will be undergoing soil remediation. An open house will be held on May 15 to reveal the garden's redesign, as well as give residents the opportunity to speak with city staff about the remediation process that will be taking place this summer.

Designs for Old Ottawa East’s Children’s Garden will be unveiled at an open house on May 15.

The consultation at Old Town Hall Community Centre, 61 Main St. will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a presentation from Lady Evelyn Alternative School students.

The students helped the Children's Garden volunteer board with the redesign, and will be showing off the new plan.

Following the presentation, there will be an activity for community kids to provide their input on the proposed design.

The main idea, according to organizers who held a community meeting on April 23, is that the design will be explored based on what the children said they wanted.

The garden was created in 2009, in Robert Legget Park, 321 Main St., a small green space at the corner of Clegg and Main streets.

Lady Evelyn students created the plan for the garden, complete with a picket fence the children painted.

Managed and run by a volunteer board and a summer student co-ordinator, the garden has offered local children the space for volunteers to educate them about nature, food-growing, composting.

The space is also used for playgroups, giving children the opportunity to play in an urban nature setting.

Organic gardening workshops, science activities, summer camps, and harvest feasts have taken place at the space since it opened.