Possible changes in the way Bellingham's city-run community gardens are managed will be discussed at a public meeting from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 26, at Bloedel Donovan Park Community Building, 2214 Electric Ave.
People who rent plots at the three gardens, and others interested in the gardens' future, are encouraged to attend.
The Parks and Recreation Department oversees the gardens, which have a total of 195 plots. The city provides hoses, water and staff time to manage the rented plots, but with the city spending about $10,000 a year to do so, officials hope to shift the job to gardeners or community groups.
In a letter sent to garden users earlier this month, Parks Director James King wrote, "We believe that management by users who can devote the necessary time, attention and passion for the success of the gardens will lead to a more successful program. There are examples of gardens in our community that are managed very well. We believe that these gardens are in better condition because of the ownership created by gardeners being responsible for the entire site, not just their individual plots."
Changes in how the gardens are run likely will start with the 2014 season. For details, call the parks department, 360-778-7000.
Reach Dean Kahn at 360-715-2291 or email@example.com.