Community Garden at UT Arlington — Construction begins today

Thursday, March 3, 2011                               9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Friday, March 4, 2011                                     9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Saturday, March 5, 2011                                9:00 am to 12:00 pm

406 Summit Avenue (UTA Blvd and Summit)

Volunteers needed!

Citizen volunteer Craig Powell is heading up the construction phase while many other community stakeholders will be helping with photography, sign-in and information, volunteer support, publicity, and donations.  ALL volunteers will be required to sign a participant release form.

The focus for our construction days is planting bed assembly, placement and filling of 16 ft x 4 ft. cedar plots.  Portable Drill/Drivers will be a big help in moving the construction along quickly, so if you have a drill/driver please bring it.  Since we are working with rough cedar lumber, gloves will be very important, so please bring a pair with you.

Some considerations for construction day:

ü  Protect your eyes, hands and feet. Please bring safety glasses and gloves if you have them. Wear sturdy shoes, comfortable cloths and a hat.

ü  No open-toed shoes on the garden campus through construction

ü  Power will be available from the Sweet Center. Please bring extension cords and power strips for charging portable drills.

ü  We will organize into teams for construction of the beds, numbering, cutting and placing cardboard in the beds and filling the beds.

ü  We will need an array of tools; portable drills for pilot holes and screwing corner brackets together, shovels and rakes for filling beds. The City is providing box cutters. The University is cutting the 8 foot end pieces for us so we should not have a need for extensive use of skill saws.

ü  Please make sure your tools are marked with your name to avoid confusion.

ü  Hydrate often during the day.  This is going to be a physically demanding time, so we will have plenty of water on site.

UTA is providing coffee and some refreshments, so come prepared to work hard and meet some new people that you may end up gardening with.

Thank you in advance for your contributions and the great results we will see over the next three days!

Bill Gilmore, Assistant Director of Parks and Recreation

717 W Main Street, Arlington, TX  76013-1855, 817-459-5499

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