HACKENSACK, N.J. -- When registration for Hackensack’s Community Garden -- nestled in Johnson Park -- opened to the public last year, the 21 4’x8’ raised beds and 20 container planters were almost immediately claimed. 
 
“This garden is something residents have expressed interest in for years, but the initial reception last year was almost overwhelming, we had so many registrants, from experienced gardening enthusiasts to first time gardeners,” said Mayor John Labrosse. “We are proud to expand the use of Johnson Park in a way that benefits the community like this.”
 
In addition to last year’s raised beds, 10 more 4’x8' beds are going to be added. Each of these can be divided into two 4'x4' plots. 

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“The Hackensack Community Garden is the first phase in utilizing our City parks in a new way. This great garden gives residents of all ages the opportunity to enjoy our open green park space in a new, sustainable, and different way,” said Chairman of the Hackensack Environmental Commission Gary Terzano. “The garden provides residents a chance to connect with each other, create community, share the pleasure of being outdoors, and receive the healthy rewards gardening provides.”

“Last year, gardeners utilized this great Hackensack resource to grow violets, zinnias, marigold flowers, stalks of parsley, basil, tomatoes, cucumbers, eggplants, and more,” said Councilwoman Stephanie Von Rudenborg. “The Hackensack Environmental Commission has been a great steward for this project, and I am glad that the City has responsibly allocated funds to repurpose this formerly-unused tract of land for such great public benefit. I encourage everyone with an interest in gardening to get involved this year.”
 
Pre-registration for returning gardeners began February 3. Registration for new gardeners will begin March 2. To register, contact the Hackensack Recreation Department at 201.646.8042 or visit their new location inside the Mellone-Mariniello Recreation Center, 116 Holt St. Hackensack, NJ. To ensure a space in the garden, residents are being encouraged to register soon.