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Vinohrady residents fight to keep community garden

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A petition to extend the current terms of the community garden already has 500 signatures.

By BOHEMIST STAFF

PRAGUE – A disused plot in Vinohrady has been transformed by residents into a secret haven in the elite suburb- but their time in the sun could soon be over.

Blesk.cz reports that a neighboring school is not bidding for rights to the plot to flatten it out as a sports field.

The small plot near Italska Street in the trendy suburb has herbs and flower gardens and is often used for community events and markets. In its third year of operation, residents say it has fostered a unique community spirit in the leafy suburb.

But the Prague 2 municipal lease of the land will expire later this year and the neighborhood school Na Smetance has its sights set on the valuable real estate.

The Green Garden Association that operates the community garden has started a petition to try and keep the green space as community land.

“A community garden Dandelion, is the only community garden in Prague 2. This is the space that in three years of activity has proven its special position to create a unique space-neighborly relations at Prague’s Vinohrady,” the petition reads.

“We managed to revitalize more than 500 citizens of our district and implement a neighborly more than 50 events per year,” including a children’s Olympics, neighborhood butcher, an outdoor cinema and flea markets. “We are a meeting place for residents of Prague 2 and also an oasis of peace and quiet in our district.”

The petition points out that the elementary school already has two small gyms and an outdoor playground for the children, which is in excess of what most other schools in the neighborhood have.

The petition also argues that a revitalization of Sokol athletics and playground facilities in Reiger Sady would be a better use of municipal funds and efforts.

“Councillors don’t want a community, instead they want more concrete and less green,” the petition reads.

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