For years, residents watched beer bottles, red plastic drinking cups and old mattresses litter a village-owned vacant lot on the corner of Devon Road and Cornwall Lane in Uniondale. Over the last year, local civic associations have rallied to turn the 4,000-square-foot space into a community garden -- a movement that got a big boost Saturday thanks to volunteers and a business owner.
Carole Johnson, president of the Cameron Avenue Block Association, begins planting in a new community garden in a village-owned vacant lot in Uniondale. (June 23, 2012)
Folks from the Cameron Block Civic Association begin planting in a new community garden in a village-owned vacant lot in Uniondale. From left, Kyle Dawson, Omar Johnson, Carole Johnson and Amber Baez. (June 23, 2012)
Chris Stasi, center, owner of the Bedrock Bar & Grill in Westbury, and workers Westbury-based Gold Coast Landscape Designs, pose for Newsday at a new community garden in Uniondale. Stasi called on his network of business contacts to help turn the 4,000-square-foot space into a garden. “This community is very proactive and that’s what I like about owning a business here,” he said. “They come in and support my business, so I’m very happy to give back in this way.” (June 23, 2012)