HACKENSACK, NJ - A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held on June 27 at the city’s new community garden, an initiative that officials hope will not only beautify the city but also provide education to students and connect residents through volunteerism.

The celebration will kick off at 12 noon at the garden, which is located in Johnson Park, 490 River Street.

Since the council created the environmental commission last year, its members have been focused on creating a community garden. In January, the council authorized using the area south of the Johnson Park greenhouse as a community garden. By 2020, the garden will be expanded to include another 86 plots, according to Gary Terzano, chairman of the city’s environmental commission.

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Over the last few weeks, environmental commission members, volunteers and city department of public works employees have worked on completing the garden’s first phase of construction, which includes preparing the area for planting fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers.

The garden has 36 4 ft. by 4 ft. raised beds, as well as 25 planters, that can be reserved for a small fee. To register or receive further information, contact the city’s recreation department at 201-646-8042.