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Playscape and Garden Take Shape: South Lake Neighborhood Welcomes New Facility

More than a year of work has borne fruit in the form of a play area and community garden for residents of South Lake Neighborhood and the Geneva Gardens Apartments.

Using land made available in a license agreement between Hobart and William Smith Colleges and Geneva Gardens Apartments, the new facility offers amenities for playing and gardening. The site is located near the corner of Pulteney Street and Jay Street in the City of Geneva, and occupies approximately an acre of adjacent land.

Neighborhood residents developed the project idea after observing that Geneva Gardens’ children played in the complex’s paved parking lots and no City parks were located in the South Lake neighborhood. Subsequent work by Geneva Gardens’ residents, South Lake neighbors, and Hobart and William Smith students, faculty, and administrators made the concept take shape.

The play area is a natural playscape, meaning that it both enables children to experience nature, and that materials from the site were used in its construction.

The raised garden space enables residents to grow some of their own food, which will be available next season. More information will become available as this project develops.

Funding for the playscape and community garden was provided by two generous grants from the Wyckoff Family Foundation of Geneva, and by a the Neighborhood Action Program grant from the Geneva Neighborhood Resource Center. The facility was voted a project of Geneva’s South Lake Neighborhood, and sponsored by Geneva Community Projects. Geneva Gardens’ residents will run the facility with committees for the play area and the garden.

Community members wanting to participate in the project, can contact Chris Gunn at 315-789-5205 or by email at gunn@hws.edu.

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