‘Urban Oasis Community Garden’ planned for Maides Community Park

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Maides Park, site of the new ‘Urban Oasis Community Garden’. (File photo by Cory Mannion)

WILMINGTON — Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity in partnership and City of Wilmington have announced a groundbreaking ceremony and Family Fun Event for the “Urban Oasis Community Garden at Maides Park.”

The community garden, sponsored by Bank of America, is part of Habitat’s Neighborhood Revitalization strategy for Maides Park and marks the beginning of an overall Community Greening Project that seeks to address quality food access concerns, neighborhood beautification and education within the established community.

The groundbreaking ceremony and Family Fun Event is scheduled for tomorrow, Saturday, March 25, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Derick GS Davis Center (1101 Manly St).

The garden groundbreaking includes a collaboration with the New Hanover County Arboretum AbilityGarden and New Hanover County Cooperative Extension. It will feature music, the NourishNC mobile food truck, free food, activities for kids and an opportunity for community members to actively participate in the groundbreaking activities.

Invitations for community members to join the newly formed Urban Oasis Garden Club will be available as well.

Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity’s Neighborhood Revitalization AmeriCorps National Member, Qailinn Bowen, said the motivation of this garden project is to, “address the public health issue of food deserts within the inner city.”

Her hope, she said, is that this garden will be a catalyst for more throughout the City of Wilmington.

“I hope it will bring awareness and empower members of our communities to become more self-sustainable and proactive about solving the issues of food sovereignty in the inner city, Bowen said.

Local Bank of America employees, UNCW PeaceCorps members, city and county employees, and Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity staff will volunteer during what is expected to to be a fun and engaging event or the entire family.

Bank of America’s sponsorship of this project also benefits the establishment of the Urban Oasis Garden Club formed by the City of Wilmington and Maides/East Wilmington Neighborhood Association in collaboration with Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity, Arboretum, and NC Cooperative Extension.

The organization will provide ongoing food education, enrichment and engagement for children, seniors and other residents within the East Wilmington community.

The event is free and open to the public. For information visit Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity’s website.

-Content provided by Katrina M. Harrell, Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity

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