After a year of planning, learning, recruiting, fundraising, and planting, the Lincoln Park Community Garden is now showing its true colors — beautiful greens, reds, and yellows — from the garden’s first harvest. (Some beautiful photos from the garden’s bounty have been posted online.)

The site of the former Lincoln Elementary School has been transformed into an organic garden by scores of local volunteers with the backing of community organizations and the New Rochelle Department of Parks & Recreation. A learning center organized in coordination with the garden will sponsor workshops on healthy living and the environment both on-site and at schools, senior centers, and other community centers.

Following on the heels of another successful community garden in Ward Acres, I am encouraged that healthy food choices and cooperative recreation opportunities are on the rise in New Rochelle. Increasing the number of garden plots in New Rochelle is one of the many recommendations contained within GreeNR, New Rochelle’s sustainability plan.

For information about participating in programs at the new Lincoln Park Community Garden and Conservancy, visit the garden’s page on Facebook, or email