Beginning this summer, Metra commuters will be greeted by a wonderful array of flowers and native plants as they board their train. I’m pleased to report that the Rogers Park Garden Group has adopted a portion of the Rogers Park Metra stop as its 2008 Community Garden Project. The east embankment between the Greenleaf and Lunt entrances to the Rogers Park Metra stop will be the focus of the group’s efforts.
Please join your neighbors in the Garden Group to help clean and prepare the site this Sunday, March 30th at 1:00 p.m. Meet at the corner of Ravenswood and Greenleaf. Volunteers are needed to remove trash, dead leaves and other debris from the embankment. Bring your gloves and rakes. Trash bags will be provided. Members of the 49th Ward Green Corps Action Team cleaned the site during last year’s 49th Ward Fall Clean-up, but much debris has accumulated over the winter.
The Garden Group also needs your financial help. So far $2,000 has been pledged, but it is still far short of the $15,000 goal. You can help in three ways:
- Donate directly to the Metra Garden Project . Donations collected through the Lakeside Community Development Corporation will be passed to the Metra Garden 100% and are tax deductible. Make your checks payable to “RP Metra Community Garden,” and mail them to Lakeside CDC, 1806 W. Greenleaf Ave., Chicago, IL 60626. Pledges of in-kind support can also be made via mail or e-mail. For more information, visit the Metra Garden website.
- Vote for the project at Hometown Helpers , sponsored by Hamburger Helper, which is hosting a grant giveaway. Projects that get the most comments can win a grant. It takes just a few moments to click on the link and post a comment that may get the Metra Garden $5,000! To cast your vote, click HERE.
- Visit the Common Cup at 1501 W. Morse Ave (at Greenview) and leave some money in the tip jar. All tip jar proceeds collected between April 15 and May 14 will benefit the Metra Garden project.
With everyone’s help, we can build a beautiful new oasis of flowers and plants in the 49th Ward!