After five-year hiatus, Ridgway community garden sprouts

Ridgway Mayor Pro Tem Eric Johnson, right, cuts the ceremonial ribbon during Saturday's celebration of the opening of the Ridgway Community Garden as garden steering committee chairman Kurt Jacobsen, left, looks on.

Plaindealer photo by Mike Wiggins

by Mike Wiggins
mike@ouraynews.com

The average person may not notice the intent behind the dirt path scratched into the half-acre plot at the intersection of Green Street and Marion Overlook.
Ridgway Community Garden volunteers, though, know the heart-shaped track symbolizes the garden's place at the heart of the community, just as they know without that same community's support there would be no garden to begin with.
After years of scraping together grants and donations and securing wheelbarrows full of in-kind contributions — then overcoming vandals who damaged the garden sometime the night of May 12 — organizers celebrated the opening of the garden Saturday.
"We've been working on this for a long time. It's been an amazing experience," garden steering committee chairman Kurt Jacobsen told a group of about 50 people who gathered for an event featuring speeches, refreshments and the ceremonial cutting of a ribbon adorned with carrots.

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