Sarah McKenzie

As development paves over community gardens, Elliot Park bucks the trend

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Spring has sprung, and gardeners toil happily in plots preserved by neighborhood-nonprofit deal

The signs of spring were subtle but not lost on the eager gardeners tending to their brown plots in an Elliot Park community garden on a recent afternoon.

Longtime gardener Cornalia Cooper-Smith, a resident at 16th Street and Portland Avenue, pointed out a few tulip leaves sprouting from the dirt next to her plot while her gardening companion, Tennyson DeCora, who lives on Park Avenue, sized up his garden, which borders Cooper-Smith's.

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