Land near abandoned north Leawood police station to become community garden — at least for now

The new Leawood community garden pilot project will open later this summer in the field adjacent to the old police station.
The new Leawood community garden pilot project will open later this summer in the field adjacent to the old police station.

North Leawood residents will soon have a local spot to claim their own garden plot — but the opportunity won’t last forever.

The city council vote this week to move forward with a plan to create 32 4×14′ community garden plots on the land south of the abandoned police station at 96th Street and Lee Boulevard. Leawood Parks and Recreation Director Chris Claxton said the city intended to ready the beds for a fall harvesting season.

Claxton anticipates sign up information for people interested in reserving a plot should be on the Leawood Parks and Recreation site by next week. The sign up period for plots will run through May 29, and priority will be given to resident of the city.

But north Leawood residents shouldn’t get too attached the 96th Street and Lee Boulevard location. The city is looking at it as a pilot program and intends to move the project far south to Ironwoods Park, 147th Street and Mission Road, in the coming years once water access is made available there.

Prairie Village launched a community garden project in 2011 on the green space north of the Harmon Park tennis courts, and it has grown into a thriving social hub as well as source for fresh produce.