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Renton Mayor Dedicates New Community Garden, Applauds Sustainable Efforts

May 3 , 2016

Contact:
Preeti Shridhar,
Deputy Public Affairs Administrator, 425-430-6569

Renton:
On Monday, May 2, Mayor Denis Law participated in a ceremony to dedicate the new community garden in the Earlington Hill neighborhood of Renton. Launched as a partnership between the neighborhood and Sustainable Renton, the project will convert an open plot of property owned by Seattle City Light and City View Church into a community garden. The garden was named Little Mountain, the original name of the site when it was part of the Duwamish Tribe, and Honorable Chair of the Duwamish Tribe Cecile Hanson and Mayor Law lead the dedication.

“The Earlington Hill residents have created a model for seeking sustainable opportunities in their community to make their neighborhood better,” said Mayor Law at the dedication. “We are pleased to have partnered with the community. Working together we can each make a difference and our neighborhoods a better place.”

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Previously the vacant area attracted vagrants and the neighborhood struggled with people loitering, car traffic and even criminal activity. The City of Renton responded to the concerns of the Earlington Hill community by installing a gate that dramatically reduced the illegal activity. Rhoda Green, a local resident, took the initiative and began the revitalization project in 2007. Her plan was to landscape the neighborhood entrance with low maintenance native plants and a new neighborhood identification sign. She received a Neighborhood Grant from the City of Renton and Earlington Hill neighbors completed the task in 2009. Recently she approached Sustainable Renton and Seattle City Light with a proposal to install a community garden under the power lines located on SW Langston Road.

Following Monday’s dedication and blessing ceremony by the Duwamish Tribe, Sustainable Renton will begin installing garden beds for community use as well as a food forest where residents can forage. The project is expected to be completed by fall 2017.