August 2017 Park of the Month: Medway Park & Community Garden

This fall, the unsightly temporary storage unit at Medway Park and Community Garden will be replaced by a brand-new structure designed and built by graduate students at the Clemson Design Center in Charleston.

The Conservancy — with input from neighborhood members and community gardeners — will work closely with the students to design a functional space for the garden. Although students are just getting started, the structure will include a communal tool shed and possibly a covered community gathering area for seating or gardening classes.

Since the Conservancy opened Medway Community Garden in November 2015, it has been well used by would-be gardeners on James Island. The garden’s 60 leased beds are all full and the Conservancy has a waiting list for new gardeners. The 4-acre park also has community beds used for teaching and trying out new varieties of vegetables. Produce harvested from the community beds are donated to a local food pantry.

The Conservancy is continuing to raise money to fund the construction of the new garden structure and community gathering space, with a goal of $35,000. To help, make a donation online.

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