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Posted on: April 14, 2017

City of Milton Receives Support from GRO1000 Grassroots Grant for Story Gardens

Story Gardens at the Milton Public Library, 430 E. High Street, is part of The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation’s GRO1000 initiative, designed to create 1,000 gardens and greenspaces by 2018, The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company’s 150th anniversary.

The City of Milton received a GRO1000 Grassroots Grant award to assist in the development of Story Gardens. It was one of more than 100 organizations across the U.S. to receive funding for a garden or greenspace build.

Story Gardens will be an all-ages destination that combines a love of nature, books, and art. The idea began when the Parks & Recreation Commission, Milton Public Library Board and staff, and community partners envisioned an outdoor space that would bring in residents and those outside of Milton to enjoy these beautiful elements together.  

The library plans to utilize the outdoor space to develop programming for all ages to teach about gardening, the science behind plants, and so much more.

There are many benefits - both mentally and physically - for children to play and explore outdoors, and the combination of Story Gardens with Milton Public Library programming will provide an exceptional opportunity for children. The library is also discussing potential programming for adults to ensure utilization of the space by all ages.

According to Ryan Peterson, chairperson for the Parks & Recreation Commission, “We were thrilled to receive the grant support for Story Gardens. It is our hope that through the development of this space, we can bring our community even closer together, while educating our residents about the benefits of greenspaces.”

Community gardens and public greenspaces play an important role in towns and cities.  Story Gardens will provide a spot for local groups to meet outdoors and offer young people somewhere to play and learn about the world around them. A recent study showed that children living in neighborhoods with more greenspace gained 13 percent less weight over a two-year period than children living amid more concrete and few trees. Studies also show that over a three-decade period vandalism decreases noticeably in communities, neighborhoods, and housing projects where landscaping projects are promoted. In addition, greenspaces have environmental benefits, by serving as a habitat for animals, insects, and more, and by trapping air pollution and absorbing water that would otherwise run off hard surfaces.

The Parks & Recreation Commission invites anyone interested in learning more about Story Gardens, including how to become involved in the project, to attend a community meeting taking place on Monday, April 17, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. at the Milton Public Library, 430 E. High Street.

To learn more about Story Gardens at the Milton Public Library, visit www.milton-wi.gov/StoryGardens.

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