November 19, 2014
In 2012, the City Park Community Garden shed was burnt down by vandals. Following the incident, a garden box was provided as a temporary solution to accommodate the storage of donated hand tools. In 2014, the City Park Community Garden shed committee was formed by members of the garden to design and eventually build a new shed on site.
The first goal of this project was to ensure adequate storage of gardening tools and equipment to assist members of the garden throughout the growing season. The second goal was based on OPEN’s philosophy of learning, teaching and exploring. As such, we were interested in working in collaboration with garden members not just during the design phase but also in construction.
The new shed is situated in the northeast corner of the garden, the site of the previous shed. This location is optimal for two reasons: one, the grade had already been built up higher in this area to avoid flooding and two, the location offers unobstructed view to all the garden plots and the rest of the park. Although, this location is not centralized it is still accessible from all garden plots.
The shed is a monolithic, wood frame structure, clad in metal siding. It is 6′ by 8′ in floor area and approximately 10′ high. Hand tools and equipment are arranged in a systematic fashion permitting ease of access. The west side of the shed has been dedicated to signage and an information board acting as a place to share knowledge between garden members. The existing garden box was repainted and is being used as storage for non-essential garden tools.
The new shed has proven to be a great contribution to the garden and we hope it remains a vital part of the City Park community for many years to come. We would like to thank all the volunteer garden members including their children who assisted during construction. We are thankful for the patience, knowledge and endless effort of our skilled lead builders. This project would not have been possible without the cooperation and support of the City of Saskatoon and following companies: Co-op Building Centre, Brxton Construction and Laser Impressions.
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