2002-07-27 / Community

Wheelchair Accessible Garden Opens

The Anthony J. Zaremba – Champions of Courage Garden, built with raised planting stations and paved pathways to accommodate people in wheelchairs, officially opened with a dedication ceremony on Sunday, July 21 at 1 p.m. at Brooklyn’s Floyd Bennett Field.

This new garden is an addition to the popular Floyd Bennett Garden Association community gardens that have been a part of the National Park Service program at Floyd Bennett Field for many years. The new, accessible garden plots will accommodate 12 gardeners and their wheelchairs.

The new garden was named for Anthony Zaremba, an avid community garden enthusiast who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Faced with the difficult task of tending a traditional garden from a wheelchair, Mr. Zaremba approached Berlax Labs and received their Champions of Courage grant to underwrite the development of accessible community garden plots.

"I wanted accessible community garden plots not only for individuals with MS, but for all people with disabilities," says Zaremba. "I have spent many a day at our garden plot, and nothing beats the therapeutic, restful feeling of a day in the sun at the garden."

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