Garden ribbon-cutting set for Oct. 19 in Shamokin
SHAMOKIN - A ribbon-cutting at the community garden at Claude Kehler Community Park, Third and Arch streets, is scheduled for 10 a.m. Oct. 19.
Members of the Self Advocates for Northumberland County, a handicapped support group, are expected to plant vegetables in the handicap-accessible planter boxes installed on a concrete pad at the garden prior to the event.
City council approved $25,000 in invoices Wednesday for work at the site. The project is nearly complete. A pergola is expected to arrive in less than two weeks and should be installed shortly thereafter.
The Self Advocates assisted in the development of a handicap-accessible community garden in Sunbury and brought a similar proposal to Shamokin in March. The idea is to provide a site where people with and without disabilities can interact and produce fruits and vegetables to be shared at no cost.
The Degenstein Foundation had pledged $20,000 for the project, and the city was to use $25,000 in reallocated Community Development Block Grant funds, City Clerk Steve Bartos has previously said.