RICHLAND, Wash. - Plans for a third community garden in Richland have hit a roadblock. The city council voted Tuesday night to stop plans to build at Barth Park.
The Richland Parks and Recreation Department said Barth was a perfect place because the ground is already level and the park has a water system.
But some neighbors were not too keen on the idea. There were concerns about the type of people a community garden attracts. Residents were also worried about privacy, space and losing out on the playground equipment.
Despite the council voting no on Barth Park, plans won't likely be stalled for long.
"We'll look at other locations that we have in that area. We have the Gillespie Parkway, Goethals Shelterbelt, Abbott Shelterbelt, Greater Years Park, Craighill Park. So, there's some other options to look at," said Phil Pinard with the Richland Parks and Recreation Department.
There are two community gardens in Richland right now. One behind Safeway on George Washington Way and one just a block north of Gage Boulevard on Venus Street.
The city also has a partnership with Home Depot which will help keep costs low despite losing out on their cheapest option at Barth Park.