Huntington Community Garden driving surfaces get $15,000 in upgrades
Huntington officials are using gravel to avoid turning its organic community garden in Greenlawn into a bowl of dust.
As the Robert M. Kubecka Memorial Organic Garden celebrates its 50th anniversary, the city is spending $15,000 to spread fine gravel along the driveway and dirt road that lead to where a community of residents cultivates and harvesting vegetables.
Until now, traffic areas are covered with Recycled Concrete Aggregates, known as RCA. The material is made up of asphalt debris.
“Currently, the RCA pavement is very dusty,” said Sal Ferro, a member of the city council. “It just creates a dust ball and we’ve had a lot of complaints from people who garden there.”
The garden was named after Kubecka, who was killed in an apparent mob hit in 1989 after working with the FBI on the influence of organized crime in the cartage industry.
The city uses funds from the Reserve Fund for the improvement of green spaces and grounds and parks. Huntington City Council unanimously approved the funding last month.
The city purchased the 15-acre site in 1971 at the intersection of Dunlop and Greenlawn Roads, which had previously been owned by Hazeltine Corp.
Residents can purchase plots for $25 to plant flowers, herbs and vegetables.
Tara Sammis, who has owned land in Kubecka Garden for four years, said the new driveway would be a welcome feature.
“It’s going to reduce dust and dirt and make it easier to get in and out,” she said.
City supervisor Ed Smyth said in an email that volunteers helped clear spring overgrowth from abandoned plots, making room for new gardeners.
“There has been a resurgence of interest in Kubecka in this 50th anniversary year – a community of gardeners of all ages and skill levels,” he said.