Named after the late Anthony Boatman, a long-time community activist and urban garden advocate, the garden was one of the winning projects in the spring 2017 Participatory Budgeting election in which 49th Ward residents voted to allocate $120,000 of the ward’s capital improvement budget to the project. Generous contributions from Big Green, which funds the construction of learning gardens in low-income schools across America, and TruGreen closed the remaining funding gap.
Gale students envisioned and designed the garden, which includes a walking labyrinth, a serpentine pathway in alternating orange and white concrete, climbing roses with an arbor trellis, fruit trees and many perennials.
According to Gale Principal Augustine “Augie” Emuwa, “The Gale-A Just Harvest partnership is unique and priceless. It’s not only steeped in action, but outcomes. We’re growing kids and changing lives forever.
“The 49th ward Participatory Budgeting process was a golden opportunity for the neighborhood to make a collective impact,” Principal Emuwa added.
Celebrate this wonderful day with the proud students, parents and neighborhood residents who helped bring this amazing garden to the community.