Human Compass Garden
The Human Compass Garden, located at the corner of Sackett and Columbia Street, was the first community green space established in the area 21 years ago. At first, the project started as a community project to clean up an abandoned lot in a neighborhood plagued with crime and drugs. Over time, the group of volunteers clearing the lot realized the need for a neighborhood public and green space. Today, the garden is a lush park with reclaimed brick-lined beds containing more than two dozen trees and shaded plants to create a sheltered green refuge.
Founded fifteen years ago at Carroll and Columbia Streets, the Amazing Garden was started by amateur gardeners with the help of Green Thumb. The garden is home to 17 shared beds full of plants and vegetables grown by green enthusiasts. On top of providing the community with a place to grow vegetables and flowers, the Amazing Garden also hosts regular school field trips to teach children about where their food comes from. The garden also uses the tall, whitewashed wall of a neighboring building as a projector screen for public film nights.