Your donations will help turn vacant lots in the Payne-Phalen neighborhood in St. Paul into flower gardens and outdoor gathering places.

The East Side of St. Paul has been hit hard by the mortgage crisis. Sadly, many homes have fallen into foreclosure and disrepair. Razed houses have left vacant lots, separating neighbors with dirt and weeds. But because of the community engagement efforts of the East Side Neighborhood Development Company (ESNDC), residents and business owners in the Payne-Phalen neighborhood have initiated several "placemaking" projects to beautify their neighborhood, block by block. One of these projects is to create Community Gardens & Pocket Parks.

ESNDC's mission is to create wealth and well-being in a thriving and engaged multicultural neighborhood. Community Gardens & Pocket Parks will bring together people of all ages and backgrounds who care about their community. They'll transform vacant and stagnant lots into blooming gardens and gathering places with benches and plants. They'll improve their neighborhoods and build a stronger community.

Our goal is to create four community gardens and pocket parks. Donations will help cover land lease costs, water access, plants and seeds, mulch and woodchips, pavers, benches, picnic tables, fencing, gardening tools, saplings, and maintenance.

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