Land Sale Will Support Expansion of El Paseo Community Garden in Pilsen
The El Paseo Community Garden in Pilsen will be expanded through a City-owned land sale approved by City Council today.
Located along the Sangamon Street right-of-way between Cullerton and 21st streets, the garden will be expanded onto approximately .5 acres of adjacent land at 947 W. Cullerton Ave. The land will be sold for $1 to the NeighborSpace land trust, which will own the property and provide liability insurance for local gardeners.
Planted in 2009, the garden includes raised beds, an apiary, native paintings and room for community activities. It’s located adjacent to the El Paseo trail, which is a planned pedestrian promenade that would connect the Pilsen and Little Village neighborhoods along a largely abandoned, at-grade, rail right-of-way.
A community-led planning process will help to design and build-out the garden over the next three years.
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