The Raytown Main Street Community Garden on 63rd Street received a really big check on Wednesday, October 19th. The check was made possible through a grant from KCP&L (#KCPL Energizer) that recognizes local projects that are community invested. Garden manager Kathy Picket and local Landscape Architect Pete Loughlin wrote the grant and have been working with Rebecca Galati of KCP&L on the presentation of the check. The grant will cover a best management practice (BMP) of collecting rainwater for water usage at the garden. Forty locally recycled clean water storage totes have been purchased at a discounted price from David Parkhurst of Kansas City. Each tote has the ability to hold 280 – 350 gallons of rainwater or 12,000 total gallons of water from the roof of the existing horse stables on 63rd Street. The water totes will all be connected and feed a water spigot near the garden thus reducing the amount of city water needed. Much thanks also goes to Neal Clevenger who owns the stables facility and is providing this location for the community garden. There are 32 garden plots available and if you are interested in renting one or more garden plots you may contact Kathy Pickett @ 816-304-0201.
Michelle McConnell, KCP&L representative (right side of check), presented a big check to several members of the Raytown Main Street Community Garden and to Mayor Mike McDonough for a grant to cover rain water collection at the garden. Those present from left to right are Wendy Turner, Becky and Lori Bottoms, Elisa Bedsworth, Terry Strode, Mayor McDonough, Sandy Campbell, Michelle McConnell, Pete Loughlin, and Kathy Pickett. Also present but taking pictures were Tom Cole, city's Economic Development Coordinator, and Steve Guenther, President of the Raytown Main Street Association.