Wells Fargo UrbanLift Grant
With the generous donation and support of the Wells Fargo UrbanLift Grant, the Housing Authority of the City of Fort Lauderdale has donated and is turning four vacant lots in the Northwest Gardens neighborhood into pocket parks. The lots, totaling 22,600 square feet, are being transformed into beautiful community pocket parks that use native landscaping and sustainable principles consistent with the redevelopment plan for the neighborhood. The sidewalks added to these lots link the parks to the new tax credit housing developments and complete pedestrian connectivity. The parks will contain fruit trees to provide healthy fresh fruit for the residents. We are making the paths through the park ADA compliant so our disabled residents will be able to enjoy the space as well. Tables and benches are being placed throughout the parks (art designs being created by the residents will be etched into the paths and benches) to provide a space where the community can gather and socialize. Solar lights and clustered security cameras are being installed to provide a safe environment for children to play. These cameras are part of a larger project called "Safe Path" which is tied to a wireless security system where residents can anomalously report crime.