Over the weekend, a tipster noticed that the School Construction Authority paved all of the exterior space behind and beside the new P.S. 133 building along 4th Avenue. As part of the construction agreement, in which the original P.S. 133 building was torn down along with the existing garden, the SCA promised that they would build a replacement garden for residents. But here’s the latest:
We now hear that the replacement “new community garden” will consist of asphalt with a fence around it (the moorings for the fence post are visible in the picture above as little yellow dots on the asphalt — the much smaller garden is to the right of those dots.) Anyone who wants to garden there — parents at the school, former gardeners — will need to bring in everything from scratch — and pay for it. No paths, raised beds, no obvious drainage, dirt, tool shed, benches — nothing but asphalt.
Concerned residents are encouraged to get in touch with Council Member Steve Levin and Community Board Six about the issue. Residents had not been notified the SCA wasn’t planning on building a full replacement garden, and Levin told residents he would follow up with the SCA.