Bristol: The Bristol Parks, Recreation, Youth and Community Services Youth and Community Services Unit held a ribbon-cutting for small libraries and community gardens outside the building on Tuesday.
The garden was named Crew’s Garden to commemorate a young girl who was a member of the staff, and it stands as a memorial for family members who have lost loved ones.
“The lender’s library was previously on the former parent-child program on Prospect Street,” said Community Services Coordinator Aubrey Minkler. “We asked permission to bring it here. They had a community garden there, but it could not be saved, so we were able to bring that idea back here and renew it.
The community garden represents the Youth and Community Services Unit and has two beds with pumpkins, peppers, peas, tomatoes and more. Minkler and Lauren Kittle, the parent program coordinator, both worked on gardening and plant watering. Locals are encouraged to harvest from certain plants. The library cabin also allows community members to read or read books.
Kittle and her husband, Davin, lost their child last year. The garden has a welcome sign.
“There is a great need in our community, and many have lost their children,” says Minkler. To honor all the sleeping babies, we decided to take that (in the garden).
Keith said Bristol Parks, Recreation, Youth and Community Services Youth and Community Services The Parent and Child Program works specifically with new parents and young parents.
Kittell: “We have a lot of conversations with our parents about loss and grief. If they have no place to explain that, or they know they can. “We let people know that there is nothing wrong with sharing those feelings and those thoughts and having those conversations and it is a safe place to do so.
Kittil said her family was happy to be remembered in the garden.
“Aubrey and I have nothing to do with him or his memories or those lines,” said Kittle. “He has a tombstone, but it is not the same. It is not the same place where you want to celebrate something new and beautiful that grows every year.
He said the community will benefit from having the garden and it is a great way to celebrate the lives of young people. According to Kittle, when Minkler shared a pair of offices, she first came up with the idea.
“This is one of those” heartfelt “moments,” said Bristol Mayor Ellen Zopo-Sasu. Lauren (Kittle) and her family are a big part of supporting other families so it is good to support us.