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Groesbeck Martin Luther King Jr. Community Garden

Groesbeck Martin Luther King Jr. Community Garden

GROESBECK, TX – 3 Mar, 2017 – On Tuesday, February 28th the Groesbeck Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Garden had its groundbreaking and Ribbon Cutting ceremony. The event, which was held at the site of the future garden, was attended by 50-60 community members as well as several individuals from Waco, Texas.  Mark Williams, Lead Designer and Vi Truong from the University of Houston’s Industrial Design and Architecture Departments were also in attendance. The two were part of a 6 member team, hired by the Board to draw up a conceptualization of the garden. 

The groundbreaking event also included the placement of the “Future Home of Groesbeck MLK Community Garden” sign.  The sign placement was the idea of City Administrator and Chief of Police, Chris Henson who previously suggested that a visual sign would allow residents to keep the community garden at the forefront of their minds.

The three acre site is part of 12 acres owned by Groesbeck ISD in what used to be the school district’s old football field.  Plans for the 3 acres include public and individual gardening plots, Farmer’s Market Gazebo, Butterfly Garden, Human Sundial, Outdoor Musical Instruments, beekeeping sanctuary, hydroponics, aquaponics, solar lighting, wind energy and a two story rain catching Gallery with educational space.

Early sponsors of the project are: Ellison Steel, Farmers State Bank, Wilson’s Contracting, Woodson’s Lumber Company, Insurance Licensing Services of America, Groesbeck High School Graphic Design & Print Shop, and Citizens Bank.

The Groesbeck Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Garden is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. The board members project the cost to build the facility will run approximately $200,000, however they see this as an investment in the community that will provide financial returns in the form of tourism from individuals visiting the state of the art garden. The two story gallery will display information on the evolution of gardening and will feature images of gardening in the region several decades ago to today, as well as how gardening can be done using less of the earth’s resources. The site has an area that collects rain water and this has been incorporated into the project design by capturing the rain water into a retention pond.  In addition to the financial rewards, the community is expecting to reap emotional rewards from teaching young and old the benefits of gardening with their neighbors. 

Board members are: 
Joan McEntyre, TyKisha Presley, Tony Allen, Ray O’Docharty, Matthew Dawley, Tom Sutton, Dr. Harold Ramm, Roy Moore, Arleen Taveras, Jackie Levingston, Rolanda Ratcliff, and Kevin Devrow

Donations are tax deductible and checks are payable to: 
Groesbeck Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Garden
C/O ILSA/Joan McEntyre
111 N. Railroad Street
Groesbeck, TX 76642

Groesbeck is located 40 miles east of Waco, Texas 

Media Contact
Company Name: Insurance Licensing Services of America, Inc.
Contact Person: Arleen Taveras
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 2546400743
Country: United States
Website: Facebook.com/groesbeckgarden