For nearly eight years, residents have enjoyed having a community garden just off Kelly Drive in Peachtree City to plant and harvest and commune with other gardeners.
But a proposal to move the garden to near the Glenloch Recreation area drew outrage from a few residents on Facebook this weekend.
Peachtree City Manager Jon Rorie addressed the controversy with a post of his own on Facebook.
“Over the course of the next year, the garden is co-locating on the grounds of Glenloch Recreational Facility. At Glenloch, you will find a range of active recreational offerings, including swimming, skateboarding, and even dance classes,” he said.
Rorie added the location provides a great opportunity for members of our community to socialize and interact with each other outside of hustle and bustle routines.
“To facilitate the operations of the garden, the recreation department will be tapping into the domestic water supply, installing appropriate fencing, and installing aggregate stone base aisle-ways between the garden plots,” he said.
He said the grounds division will be mowing the grass around the garden, and estimates that garden managers will realize a reduction in operating expenses by up to $6,000 per year, allowing all 65 gardeners the ability to re-invest in the maintenance of the garden plots.
Some residents are not so sure about the move.
“The garden has been rigorously organic since its inception. What has been put into or on the soil at Glenloch that will need to be cleaned up before it is safe to grow food there? You realize the noise from the skateboarding and its aficionados, by its nature, will ruin the tranquility gardeners have enjoyed in their current location,” said Mari McCoy.
McCoy added that the water supply is about the only positive thing she saw, unless the fencing would be similar to what is at the current location.
On Monday, Rorie further clarified his opinion.
“The discussion of facility consolidation as part of sustainability will be part of the upcoming retreat sessions. Interested parties are welcome to attend, watch the live stream, view the video later, or read the minutes. This lets our 35,000 residents get the information from the source, all at once, rather than via bits and pieces on other social media sites,” he added.
The city’s retreat sessions will be in March and April.