Recently, Hmong women converged on a Sacramento community center to discuss the issues they share and the ways to move forward with power.
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Pesticide Watch celebrates and remembers their annual accomplishments in a Pesticide-free environment at the Fruitridge Elementary School Community Garden. This slide show reveals the luscious flower, herb and vegetable gardens that Fruitridge Elementary School Community has nurtured and cultivated.
The Fruitridge Pedestrian Safety Meeting, held on June 21, 2012 in the community room at the Colonial Heights Library was standing room only! The audience included local residents, members of the Fruitridge Manor Neighborhood Association and the Tallac Village Neighborhood Association, SABA (Sacramento Area Bicycle Advocates), Councilmember Kevin McCarty and District 6 Director Maria Alvarez, Building Healthy Communities, Ubuntu Green, California Endowment, Legal Services of Northern California, City of Sacramento Department of Transportation, and WALKSacramento.
The meeting, hosted by WALKSacramento and Building Healthy Communities – Sacramento, continued the community effort to address pedestrian and bicycle safety along Fruitridge Road that was discussed at Councilmember McCarty’s March 8 Community Forum. As a result of that meeting, WALKSacramento began work on the Fruitridge Road Pedestrian Safety Project that will train and assist the community to document existing safety and access conditions, and prepare the community to advocate for pedestrian and bicycle street improvements.
The goal of the June 21 Fruitridge Safety Meeting was to prepare community members to count pedestrians at several locations in the Fruitridge Road/Stockton Boulevard area. Terry Preston, Complete Streets Coordinator for WALKSacramento, described the project, the data that will be collected, and how community members will collect that data. Ed Cox, Alternate Modes Coordinator for the City of Sacramento, provided background information on how the City of Sacramento prioritizes transportation projects and maps showing where pedestrians and bicyclists have been hit by cars and trucks in the Fruitridge Manor and Tallac Village area.
The next step for the community is to count pedestrians and bicyclists on the streets in the area so we can show where and what changes to the streets are needed, and how many people would benefit from those changes.
If you want to help with the pedestrian counts on Tuesday, June 26 from 4-6 p.m., contact Terry Preston at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up and get directions to the meeting spot.
By Chris Holm, WALKSacramento
An outreach meeting for the new Rainbow Park Community Garden is coming up this Saturday from 10:00am-12:00pm at the Fruitridge Community Center, and organizers are hoping that members of the community will attend and lend their input. This meeting is also a great chance for people to learn more about community gardens and to talk with the Park District staff and other interested gardeners from the neighborhood.
It is believed that a community garden would be a welcome addition to this urban neighborhood and will provide residents access to fresh and local food by growing their own fruits and vegetables. The garden would also help to beautify the neighborhood and foster a sense of community ownership and stewardship.