City of Noblesville Responds to Complaints About Destruction of Community Garden – WISH-TV | Indianapolis News | Indiana Weather forecast


NOBLESVILLE, Ind. (WISH) – The town of Noblesville is responding to neighbors who accused them of destroying a community garden on town property.

Chad Knecht, director of public safety for the city, said in a statement Thursday that the Streets Department received a complaint about “nuisance property,” which includes six parcels of land on Pleasant Street and one parcel on Walnut and Third Streets.

When crews went to inspect it, they found the plots were “overgrown” and showed “no signs of ongoing upkeep, maintenance or gardening activity”, according to Knecht.

(Photo provided/City of Noblesville)

“There were no visible signs…of flowering plant growth or pollinator gardening…nor was there any known or authorized gardening in the past year.”

Knecht says the city agreed in 2016 to allow a group called Live This Way to use six plots on Pleasant Street and one plot on Walnut and Third Streets as a community garden. The deal ended last April and city records show Live This Way disbanded in September, according to Knecht.

The city inspected the property and work crews visited the plots for maintenance May 5 and 6, Knecht said.

Workers used a mini digger to flatten dirt and a compost pile and removed items including an abandoned beehive, a rain barrel, tomato cages, landscaping tarps, a garden hose , concrete benches and wooden benches made of rotting wood, according to Knecht.

“Crews have prepared the area to meet the standards of any city-owned property. It is important to keep this particular site safe as it is adjacent to Southside Park and close to the Riverwalk Trail,” Knecht said. “The work done by the crews was solely to make the area safe, level for mowing and free from other hazards.”

Knecht says the city is in talks with leaders of a new urban gardening organization with the goal of recreating community gardens.

(Photo provided/City of Noblesville)


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