7th Ward residents gather at Lynn Park for community picnic

YOUNGSTOWN

Starting next spring, a community garden will take shape in an area of the city’s 7th Ward that was once known more for its blight than its beets.

But more than offering healthful foods for neighbors and others, the garden likely will provide sustenance for neighborhood unification, collaboration and cooperation – all ingredients for community sustainability, growth and revitalization.

“I love the neighborhood,” said Kim Tritt, who’s lived on Pointview Avenue about six years. “It’s a family environment and we all know each other; we all talk to each other.”

She is spearheading the Pointview Children and Families Garden project, which, in addition to offering plenty of vegetables, will include teaching people ways to plant and preserve fresh foods.

Tritt and some of her neighbors were among the several dozen residents who attended Saturday’s 38th annual 7th Ward Citizens Coalition Community Picnic in Lynn Park on Lynn Street on the South Side.

The gathering was designed to bring together residents to celebrate recent successes in the area, noted Patricia Dougan, the coalition’s president.

Read more about those and the growing neighborhood movement in Sunday's Vindicator or on Vindy.com.

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