Students in the TST BOCES Career and Technical Education program World of Work recently built two wheelchair-accessible planters for the Esty Street Garden.
Holly Payne, coordinator of community programs at GreenStar, reached out to the World of Work program’s Outdoor Recreation Services class instructor Mike Iannello to see if his class would be interested in working on building new planters for the community garden. The class took on the project and produced the two wheelchair-accessible plant beds to Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards.
“We couldn’t be happier with the outcome since we now have two wheelchair-accessible beds in the downtown Community Garden,” Holly Payne said. “It has been a joy to partner with BOCES.”
The new planters can be found in the Esty Street Community Garden at Route 13 at the CFCU Credit Union lot. The Esty Street Garden was created to serve as a youth advocacy platform where youth and their families can learn how to tend a garden and grow food. It serves as both an educational opportunity and helps provide fresh produce to members of the community.
This project gave the Outdoor Recreation Services students a hands-on learning experience while building something that contributes to the Ithaca community.