Local Rotary Club puts vacant lot to use

March 10, 2014 by  

The vacant lot between Avon and Broad on East Franklin Boulevard will soon be changing, thanks to the work of the Gastonia Rotary Club that will be changing.

The empty lot is being repurposed, and beautified in the process, to become the The Rotary Community Garden. The club expects to have the garden growing by late spring.

Plans for the garden began in March 2013 after it was proposed by William Current Jr., the Gastonia Rotary President. The plot of land was donated by its owner, David Royster from Shelby, to the Rotary. Designs were drawn up by Tiz Johnston and the various individuals and businesses, as well as city officials, lent a hand to get the ball rolling. They helped in clearing the plot and preparing signs.

At the moment, the Rotarians are in the midst of fundraising for the project, which includes grassroots efforts, corporate sponsorships, and grant-writing. The largest expense will be the fence surrounding the 12-4 X 40 foot raised beds, the estimated cost of which is $9,000.

Fundraising events like the ones the Gastonia Rotary Club will be using to help fund the garden are most generally advertised via the purchase of a flyer printings to be liberally dispersed. Putting in a banner printing for the site of a fundraising event is often a popular choice.