MORRISTOWN, NJ – A parking space on the corner of South and Dehart Streets will be turned into a “parklet” on September 18 from 12noon – 6pm to raise funds for the re-build of the Early Street Community Garden. Grow it Green Morristown, a local non-profit  will be turning the metered parking spot into temporary public open space so that the community can come together and learn about the plans to expand the Early Street Community Garden.

“PARK(ing) Day is a great chance for us to have a conversation about the importance of public open space while also raising awareness for our campaign to build a new park in town,” said Abby Gallo, executive director of Grow It Green Morristown. “We hope the redesigned garden will be a model for sustainable design and will contribute to the neighborhood’s health by reducing our carbon footprint, cleaning the air and water and offering a little piece of nature in downtown Morristown.”

With a goal of $200,000, the non-profit has raised nearly $75,000 for its capital campaign. To date,  the nonprofit states the money raised includes "donations from Craig Newmark, founder of craigslist, Sustainable Jersey, F.M. Kirby Foundation, Kings Food Markets, HSBC Bank, Conservation Resources, Gran Fondo NJ, The Hampshire Real Estate Companies and more”

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The Community Garden’s expansive project supports best practices in” environmental restoration, water purification processes, community revitalization, and place-making, and features: an apiary for safely viewing the activity of honeybee hives; an ADA compliant walking path; a native-­‐plant rain-­‐garden enabling visitors to learn about natural storm water filtration methods; a solar-powered pavilion and water collection station; public parklet; a composting center; a public bicycle repair station; and 94 garden beds (including raised beds for those with limited mobility)”.

To see the complete plan for the garden, visit www.growitgreenmorristown.org.