By Lindsay Starr Platt, The Belton Journal
The City of Belton will soon have a community garden for the citizens to be able to use. This city amenity was made possible by the class of Leadership Belton 2015.
Leadership Belton could not have made this project a reality without the help and cooperation of the City of Belton Public Works and Parks & Recreation and Events Departments, the City Parks Board and the City Council.
Leadership Belton is an opportunity available with the Belton Chamber of Commerce for learning leadership skills. Leadership Belton is ten month program features the three keys elements of community; awareness training, leadership training, and team building. Class participants have the chance to tour all around Belton and Bell County getting a behind the scenes look at non-profit organizations, industrial businesses, government influences, and quality of life resources in the community.
“We are grateful to the donors that gave their time and funds to help make this garden happen,” said Brandon Bozon, CPA, Finance Director, City of Belton.
The members of the group that planned and executed the project include Brandon Bozon, Heidi Brautigan, Barrett Covington, Brad Ellis, Lindsay Fredenburg, Aaron Harris, Nicholas Jones and Doug Taylor.
“Belton is fortunate to have a program like Leadership Belton, offered through the Belton Chamber of Commerce that creates the forum for members of the community to give back to Belton,” said Bozon.
The official opening ceremony for the garden is scheduled for 10 a.m. on July 24.
Citizens of Belton that are interested in reserving a plot will be able to register with the Belton Recreation and Events Department located at the Harris Community Center.
“It was the privilege of our Leadership Belton group to partner with the city of Belton and some very generous donors to provide a community garden to the city of Belton. It was definitely a labor of love, and we are so excited about the long term investment that it will provide for our community. We hope you all will join us for the grand opening on Friday, July 24 at 10 a.m,” commented Lindsay Fredenburg.
Project donors that helped make this project possible were: The City of Belton, Covington Real Estate, Javier Alonzo, The Belton Lions Club, Thomas & Heidi Brautigan, Nicholas & Jennifer Jones, Brandon & Jessica Bozon, Heath Box, James Grant, Aaron Harris and Byron Sinclair.
“Sandra Russell was the mentor assigned to our group to help guide us through the process of creating and carrying out the project,” said Bozon.