Community Works To Restore Neglected South Canarsie Garden
By Marsha Sereno
Armed with an array of tools — including a machete — members of the United Canarsie South Civic Association began Stage One of reclaiming the garden on Schenck Street recently.
In years past, local residents in the area, which includes the low-East 90s, tended the plot of land and enjoyed the fruits (literally) of their labors. However, with many residents moving out, the garden soon became an overgrown jungle of weeds and branches, as well as a dumping ground for a wide assortment of trash.
In conjunction with the Partnership in Parks, the civic association members raked, hoed, shoveled, hacked, bagged and bundled a truckload of trash.
Association President Neal Duncan said the group was joined by the 69th Precinct Explorers and members of some city agencies, including the office of Kings County District Attorney Charles Hynes.
Duncan said the group looked forward to erecting a new fence to surround the garden, as well as a beautiful crop of fruits and vegetables to be planted and harvested soon.