The Paducah Parks Services Department has 24 plots still available in the Community Garden located in the open field at the corner of 14th and Madison Streets. Since it is in the later stages of the spring/summer growing season, the plots are being offered at no charge. If interested in a plot(s), a short application is required; however, the $20 fee will be waived. Call or visit the Parks Department for an application.
The Community Garden allows citizens who live in an apartment, condominium, or a house with a yard too small for gardening to rent a small plot of land and have a garden of their own. There are a total of 40 plots in the garden. The dimensions of each plot are approximately 12 feet by 8 feet. Water is accessible at the site, and the garden is gated to keep out small animals. The Community Garden is available for renters through October 31.
This is the third year for the Parks Department to offer a community garden for the public. In June 2011, the garden was expanded. As his Eagle project to achieve the highest honor awarded in Boy Scouting as Eagle Scout, Matthew Rea, a member of Boy Scout Troop 7, worked with the Parks Department to double the size of the garden from 20 to 40 plots.
Visit the City of Paducah website at www.paducahky.gov for additional information including gardening resources. For application information, visit the Parks Services Department at 1400 H.C. Mathis Drive or call the office at 444-8508.