A non-profit organization devoted to protecting and enhancing the environment is planning two community gardens in Greenville.

The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy is designing the gardens for Prairie Park, which sits on Prairie Street at College Avenue and Main Street, and the site of the former Riverview Hotel, next to the Main Street bridge over the Shenango River.

Greenville Borough Manager Ryan T. Eggleston recently told council members that the Pittsburgh-based conservancy will plant the gardens at no cost to the borough and with the help of local garden club volunteers.

Council members said they were excited about the gardens and how they’ll complement streetscape, downtown Greenville’s revitalization project, which engineers have said should wrap up in May.

Judy Wagner, the conservancy’s senior director for community gardens and green space, said Friday that borough officials approached the agency with the request for a garden.

The conservancy has planted 140 community gardens in 19 counties in Pennsylvania after receiving grant money from PennDOT about six years ago, she said.

The grant money, which will be used for the two gardens in Greenville, is almost gone and the conservancy thought the borough would be a good location because of available green space and willing volunteers.

The gardens will be located at either end of the streetscape work on Main Street and will be filled with colorful perennials, annuals, trees, seating and pathways, Ms. Wagner said.

“They’ll provide bookends of color,” she said.

Final designs and costs for the gardens are still in the works and the conservancy expects to break ground later this year, most likely after summer ends.

Conservancy employees will oversee the planting of the gardens, but it will be up to volunteers to maintain them. Members of local garden clubs are already on board, Ms. Wagner said.

“It really seems to bring people together,” she said.

The garden project will be a wonderful way for Greenville to make a statement about how its residents and business owners value landscape and the environment, she said.

Other community gardens funded by the conservancy have attracted new businesses because they’re more than a beautification treatment; they show people are willing to invest their time in such projects.

“It sends a message,” Ms. Wagner said.

The conservancy has also planted community gardens in Hermitage, Mercer and Farrell.

To volunteer for the Greenville community gardens project, contact the borough office at 724-588-4193.

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