SCASLA Students Lead Parsons Avenue Aetna Community Garden Project


In spring of 2012, Aetna Building Maintenance approached the Student Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (SCASLA) with a unique opportunity - the chance to design and carry out the production of a community garden downtown. SCASLA accepted the challenge and put together a design proposal for Aetna.

Over the summer, SCASLA teamed with the Ohio Chapter of ASLA to break ground on the site.

Today, six KSA students from SCASLA run the project as an Independent Study (Wesley Cogan, Shelly Drees, Chris Laster, Chris Watkins, McKenzie Wilhelm, and Blythe Worstell).

In order for the project to be completed, funding is needed. SCASLA is in the process of applying for grants, but the project group is interested in using other funding methods as well. The project's Kickstarter page is one way that they hope to raise both money and awareness for this project.

If the group is abel to secure adequate funding, they hope to begin laying reclaimed concrete and planting prairie grass on the site in early October.

Not only are these KSA students excited to take a design through the building phase, but they also appreciate the opportunity to give back to the community and advocate for Landscape Architecture as a profession.

To learn more, or to support the Aetna Community Garden project, visit the project's Kickstarter page. Note, the fundraising deadline for this next phase of the project is September 20.