DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – A popular urban garden will soon be shut down by the city, but supporters want to put a stop to it.
From the beginning, city officials have said that garden station is a temporary space, but now many of the volunteers who put in hours of hard work over the years, don’t want to see their progress go to waste.
So far, a petition to keep garden station where it is has been signed by more than 4,000 people and submitted to the city. However, officials still plan to move forward with their original plans to make garden station a site for economic re-development.
Volunteers we spoke with say it took more than 8 years to make garden station what it is today–a community urban garden for anyone to grow fruits and vegetables. For first time, Mayor Nan Whaley addressed the supporters of the garden at Wednesday’s city commission meeting.
“We think there’s a specific value with what garden station provides,” Mayor Whaley said. “We disagree that it has to be at that spot. That has always been planned for development and this commissions policy has been to make sure that is developed as a develop-able site.”
Mary Sue Gmeiner has a had a garden plot garden station since she moved to downtown, and says she doesn’t see how it can be replaced.
“I’m upset about garden station,” Gmeiner said. “I don’t feel the city is being responsive to our concerns the city believes that because they have a legal right to evict gardens station they can go ahead and do it and of course they can but a lot of people are not happy about what’s happening.”
City officials will lock the doors here at garden station on November 1st making it no longer available to the public or any of it’s volunteers.