Western Springs residents planning community garden

Published: Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013 4:45 p.m. CDT

WESTERN SPRINGS – A group of residents in the Forest Hills subdivision are hoping to turn a plot of land next to an oddly placed stormwater structure into a community garden. 

The Fair Elms Lift Station, which pumps water into Flagg Creek during storms, is located on Fair Elms Avenue in the middle of the subdivision.

The structure used to be owned by the Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, but was given to the village several decades ago. 

The property’s back side contains a sizable section of green space, and residents recently asked the Properties and Recreation Committee if they could turn the area into a community garden. 

The committee was open to the idea, and residents will present the village with an initial plan for the garden in November or December, said Matt Supert, the village’s director of municipal services.

The village has agreed to replace the fence at the property, which is 30 years old, and move it back from the front of the building to create a more residential look. It will also install a water faucet for the gardeners. 

During the garden’s first year, residents will plant in cedar boxes as they gauge interest from the neighborhood, with the hope of turning it into a bigger operation.

“If it gets a lot of interest they might develop it into a full plot,” Supert said.

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