Residents are being asked to weigh in on the design for an unusual new park with a demonstration garden and historic home at 771 North Rengstorff Ave.
On Thursday, March 5, a meeting is set to discuss the recently purchased 1.2 acre parcel, formerly home to the Stieper family. It already has an impressive garden, with beehives and fruit trees, which some community members want to preserve, a change from the typical, more manicured city park. The City Council has also voted to move the historic Immigrant House to the property, which Marina Marinovich and others saved from destruction by a downtown office development in 2012.
Those who have been working to save the Immigrant House, which was built in the late 1800s for migrant workers, want to see it preserved as part of a historic, period-correct display. So far, they have raised over $62,000 to restore it.
As for the park, there has been significant interest in maintaining and adding to the current garden to create a demonstration garden for public education and use. A group has organized to advocate for this idea, including residents Kavita Dave-Coombe and Karen D'souza.
The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. on March 5 at the Senior Center, located at 266 Escuela Ave.