A Garden Variety Community
Legacy is growing green.
The community of Legacy in Southeast Calgary boasts 15km of walking trails and several off-leash dog parks. But there’s one more development detail that makes the environment of this community top shelf: a community garden.
With land donated by WestCreek Developments, any interested Legacy resident will have the opportunity to plant and harvest their own bed over the next two or so years. Beds are either 4x4 feet or 3x8 feet, giving gardeners lots of options from plants to flowers to vegetables. One month before the garden’s opening, Kalida Goldade of WestCreek’s Marketing team said they’d “had an overwhelming demand for it already,” and that “There are a ton of residents really excited.” The idea, Goldade explains, was to give residents greater opportunity for social interaction with their neighbours, and bring people together.
“It’s a great concept. I think it brings them a great opportunity to socialize and form a bond that says, ‘this is my community, here’s my involvement in it.’ It definitely increases the pride in the neighbourhood.”
- Jeff Cryderman, area sales manager for Stepper Homes in Legacy, as quoted in the Calgary Herald
Plots may be held by the same resident or family for up to two years, and waiting lists are already forming. As the garden is volunteer run, costs remain low, and the opportunity for edible and otherwise green return is high. The community association’s plant suggestions run the gambit: everything from Coral Bells and Goats Beard to tomatoes, spinach, pumpkin and cabbage.
As Legacy offers a range of home options, everything from single-family to duplex, townhouse or apartment-style condos, connecting people from different generations and walks-of-life is key for the community’s long term health. So far, it’s the only new community in Calgary to include a community garden in their design, but we can likely expect to see much more of this in the future.
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