NEW PORT RICHEY, FL (Dec. 21, 2015) – Students at Gulf Middle School played a role in the creation of the new sign to be installed at the Grand Gardens in New Port Richey. Members and participants of the community and the East Madison Growers Association celebrated the opening of the Grand Gardens on Grand Boulevard in New Port Richey in early November.
Amy E. Finotti-Marin, the Parent, Community and Volunteer Involvement coordinator at Gulf Middle proposed a contest among the sixth grade class for the creation of original art that would become the official sign for the new community gardens on Grand Boulevard. The submissions for the Grand Gardens community garden signs were created by Faith Santillana’s art class students. The City Council of New Port Richey chose Mylott’s image from a group of three finalists, selected from more than 20 submissions from GMS art students. Gulf Middle School is the official middle school partner of the Grand Gardens project.
The first place submission will be enlarged and placed at the Grand Gardens site on the corner of Georgia Avenue and Grand Boulevard in New Port Richey. “We extend a hearty ‘thank you’ to all the Gulf Middle students who participated in the sign contest,” said Dell deChant, one of the organizers for the new community garden.
Park Mylott came in first place followed by Kayla Mann in second place and Brooke Tuttle in third place. The top ten submissions will also be on display at the New Port Richey Public Library.
The community gardens project was developed through funding and support from Friendship Farms & Fare, Nature Coast Real Food Project, Ecology Florida, East Madison Growers Club, the Green Commerce Association, and local residents. The establishment of the Grand Gardens is made possible through New Port Richey’s trend-setting Urban Agriculture Ordinance, which promotes the transformation of vacant lots in the City into productive community gardens.
Working in collaboration with the property owners, Gary Gann and Steven DeMatos, whose business is adjacent to the planned gardens, the project will include individual gardening plots available to anyone for a modest donation and a commitment to assist with the project while learning how to grow vegetables in Florida. In addition to the individual plots, a larger community garden will be maintained by participants.
Grand Gardens is located at the South West corner of Georgia and Grand Blvd. in New Port Richey — 5721 Grand Blvd. For information about the gardens contact Travis Morehead at (727) 271-2333.