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In York, a garden - and a space for businesses - growsNew "Royal Square Garden" to be dedicated Saturday

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Natalie Williams, Downtown Inc's small business liaison, said in a news release that the garden will serve as an educational sanctuary for visitors to learn about all aspects of gardening, nature, conservation and more.
Natalie Williams, Downtown Inc's small business liaison, said in a news release that the garden will serve as an educational sanctuary for visitors to learn about all aspects of gardening, nature, conservation and more. - (Photo / )

It has gone from being an “overgrown dumping grounds to a skillfully designed urban oasis,” with a garden generating food for organizations like the York Rescue Mission.

Organizers in downtown York this Saturday, July 30, at 1:30 p.m. will unveil the new “Royal Square Garden,” both for what it represents now and what it could mean in the near future.

The garden is located in York’s Royal Square District at 110 S. Howard St., behind the wedding and event space the Bond Building.

Leaders with York’s Downtown Inc, the improvement organization in the business district, point out both the new garden’s artistic and commercial possibilities.

“It will serve as an educational sanctuary for visitors to learn about all aspects of gardening, nature, conservation and much more … while tying into the artistic Royal Square District,” Natalie Williams, Downtown Inc’s small business liaison, said in a news release.

On the business side, local merchants and community organizations will be able to use the space for art workshops and outdoor activities, likely attracting new visitors to the area and to downtown York, which is enjoying a surge of new businesses and residents.

“It’s up to us to change this area and make it better, and the Royal Square Garden has the potential to do just that,” said one of the coordinators of the effort to create the garden, Annalisa Gojmerac.

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TonyPreston February 21, 2017 8:36 am

I think that it becomes increasingly more important to ensure that there are green spaces across the country. It's not just about flowers and garden fencing - it's about the availability of an open and public area for families and people to just meet at and enjoy nature. These days, places like this are so far and in between it's really difficult to remember what true nature is like anymore!

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