PINELLAS PARK – The city of Pinellas Park will build an art garden – what is being referred to as a “gARTen” – on a vacant lot at 5700 75th Terrace N. within the United Cottages area.
Over the past several years, the city has purchased a number of properties within the United Cottages subdivision in an ongoing effort to redevelop the city’s Community Redevelopment Area.
The idea is to spruce up one of the vacant lots with a temporary art garden before the property is developed. A number of different city departments, including Community Development, Public Works, and Library and Recreation Services, will work together on the project.
The garden will be constructed using a variety of recycled materials, said Debra Rose, the Library and Recreation Services administrator.
“Many of these materials are already available to us,” she said. “The investment is pretty minimal because it’s all recycled.”
The materials, which will be made available from Public Works, include corrugated metal pipes, used tires and wooden pallets. They’ll be used to construct garden boxes that residents can paint and design themselves.
Residents will be able to “adopt” these garden boxes to decorate and to grow vegetables and flowers for a nominal $5 fee.
The goal is to promote small-area urban farming and to encourage sustainability in addition to fostering arts within the city. Once it’s complete, the hope is that the garden will become a community gathering spot for workshops, art projects and other events, Rose said.
“It’s a very exciting project,” she said.
There’s no timeline for the project yet since it just received the go-ahead from the Community Redevelopment Agency at its July 22 meeting.