Planting a community garden in Chino Hills is an idea that could take root if enough residents want one.

Bill Taylor, chairman of the parks and recreation commission, placed the matter on Wednesday’s agenda and received input from five residents who supported the idea.

Ricky Roras, who has lived in Chino Hills for 27 years, said a garden can provide a gathering place to know your neighbors and encourage healthy lifestyles. 

Partnerships can be formed with the school district, senior groups, and universities to provide instructional programs.

Angela Romero, who serves on the Healthy Hills Committee, suggested the grassy area near the Community Center on Peyton Drive as a potential location. She said gardens can provide stress relief for men and a place to hang out. 

Norma Corletto said her neighbor suggested a small garden in each neighborhood instead of one larger garden. She said Boy Scout troops can be asked to build raised beds. 

Community services director Jonathan Marshall said there are a number of ways to operate a garden and he has seen successes and failures depending on the rules that are put into place. 

He said residents are expressing interest in a variety of recreational programs including pickleball, a splash pad, gymnasiums, and aquatics. 

He said residents who want a community garden should fill out a survey that is being held in conjunction with the update of the parks, recreation and open space master plan on the city’s website.

Commissioner Greg Higgins agreed. 

“I personally have an interest in a community garden,” he said. “I would encourage anybody who has an interest to submit their comments because that is what I will listen to in terms of programs and facilities.”

Commissioner Pat Hamamoto said there are young people out there who don’t know that grapes grow on vines and lettuce grows out of the ground. 

He encouraged residents to fill out the survey and bring the community garden to the top of the list.

The online survey may be filled out by visiting chinohills.org/recreationsurvey.

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