14. Veterans' Garden

Committee: Environment, Health & Safety

Cost: $250,000

Location: Location to be determined through a community process

Short Description: Veterans of war often return home with severe but unseen injuries. 8,000 veterans, each year, take their own lives. A garden design to heal the wounds of war for vets and their families is the purpose of this project. Help make it possible.

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Long Description: A veterans’ garden is intended to provide an opportunity for veterans and their families to strengthen social and family bonds after separation and the ravages of war. Census data show there are about 4,082 Cambridge veterans and family members who could benefit from this project with potential to access to horticultural therapy.

Gardening and the natural environment nurtures a healing process by providing opportunities to learn, socialize, or meditate. Walkways would be wheelchair accessible and raised beds would ensure that all visitors have access. Features could include varied sensory paths or walkways, raised beds, a greenhouse, a picnic table, outdoor chimes or bamboo instruments, a meditation area, outdoor recreation facility, a dog watering station, a bird bath, integrated landscaping, and water dispensing area.

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The exact location of the veterans’ garden will be determined through a community process. One potential location is Rogers Street between 2nd and 3rd Streets, Kendall Square.

Meditation hut suggestion:

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  • commented 2015-12-04 15:26:57 -0500
    As a Vietnam Veteran and someone who works with the homeless, I can attest to the efficacy of working in a garden to heal our soul and I urge all Cantabridgians to support this project. Especially in this hectic world, with all the chaos we have to work through on a daily basis, a safe and supportive place that gets our hands dirty and shows tangible results will help bring peace and stability to those suffering from the effects of war.
  • commented 2015-12-02 11:55:24 -0500
    Our veterans and their families deserve a community of support for healing. This proposal of a garden with its natural healing energy is terrific!
    Dianne Kinsey
  • commented 2015-12-02 11:54:40 -0500
    Gardens have always been places to help us recover from stress and strains of life! Help create one for veterans in Cambridge!
  • commented 2015-12-02 11:30:47 -0500
    This is a great idea!
  • commented 2015-11-24 02:02:50 -0500
    Sounds like a great project to help veterans recover from the wounds of war.
  • posted about this on Facebook 2015-11-24 01:30:19 -0500
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