Riviera Beach CRA helps oldest neighborhood grow more beautiful with launch of Community Garden
City leaders in Riviera Beach on October 25 broke ground on the first phase of a $1.1 million, three-part project to beautify the Riviera Beach Heights neighborhood. (Photo by Essie Knowles)
From Tony Theissen
RIVIERA BEACH, FL — City leaders in Riviera Beach on Oct. 25, 2014 broke ground on the first phase of a $1.1 million, three-part project to beautify the Riviera Beach Heights neighborhood. City Commissioners kicked off the beginning of construction for the Riviera Beach Community Redevelopment Agency’s “Community Garden,” to be operated in conjunction with its nonprofit affiliate, the Riviera Beach Com-munity Development Corporation.
The Community Garden, located at Ave. K and Tenth St, will provide residents with plots to grow a nourishing assortment of fruits, vegetables and herbs, and well as flowers and other plants.
“For some of our residents who are stretching their dollars to make ends meet, growing their own fresh fruit and vegetables will provide healthier menu choices at home,” said Tony Brown, Executive Director of the Riviera Beach CRA. “At the same time, the Com-munity Garden will beautify the surrounding area and create a lively meeting space for friends and neighbors.
Additional projects aimed at beautifying Riviera Beach Heights include a Linear Park, to be built along Ave. L between Sixth St. & Eight St., as well as a sidewalk improvement program throughout the neighborhood. Riviera Beach Heights is the city’s oldest neighborhood, and has been selected for improvement as part of a program to beautify and revitalize vacant and underutilized properties, and improve the overall appearance of the neighborhood. In the years to come, further improvements will include additional parks and new homes, backyard gardens, small business improvements and new directional signage.
For additional information about the Community Garden or the Riviera Beach Heights improvement plan, contact the Riviera Beach CRA at (561) 844-3408.