Brook Gardens is an townhome and apartment community, comprising 66 units on eight acres in Brooklyn Park. Many families make their home here, and many residents have lived here for a long time. In 2019 Metro Blooms started working with the community to redesign their landscape for more sustainable practices and improved quality of outdoor living. These include managing stormwater (the site is next to Shingle Creek), providing habitat, and creating a more inviting outdoors with amenities chosen by residents. In 2020 we installed several raingardens planted with pollinator-friendly plants. We also installed our first nature play area for children. Resident project stewards, paid equitably for their time, helped us with planning, engaging friends and neighbors and organizing events. Through paid work, residents also helped with installation and planting. Residents were co-creators in this project to create more resilient and livable outdoors spaces for their community.
- Brooklyn Park
- Boisclair Corporation, The City of Brooklyn Park, MN Board of Water and Soil Resources (Lawns to Legumes), Center for Prevention at Blue Cross Blue Shield MN, Hennepin County
- Partners & Contractors
- Other partners: African Career, Education and Resource, Inc. (ACER). Contractors: JL Theis and Glacial Ridge Growers, both Blue Thumb Partners; Bachman’s