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Fresno Realtors group receives grant to help community projects

Gerard Lozano, Mary Van Ness, and Colleen Wiginton of the Fresno Association of Realtors stand with Angela Grim, Junior League president, and Fresno City Council Member Paul Caprioglio at the Discovery Youth Garden.
Gerard Lozano, Mary Van Ness, and Colleen Wiginton of the Fresno Association of Realtors stand with Angela Grim, Junior League president, and Fresno City Council Member Paul Caprioglio at the Discovery Youth Garden. Special to The Bee

Fresno-area Realtors are doing good things for the community this fall.

The Fresno Association of Realtors received a $2,200 Placemaking Micro-Grant from the National Association of Realtors to help the community transform unused spaces into vibrant places.

The grant is given to local and state organizations to help fund small projects that provide neighborhoods with a better place to live, work and play. Some examples include turning a parking lot into a farmer’s market or a vacant lot into a playground.

“As the Fresno County area becomes more attractive and welcoming, nearby properties may also increase in value,” said Colleen Wiginton, the Fresno association president.

The Fresno group used the grant to help offset some costs in the development of the Discovery Youth Garden on North Winery Avenue, south of the Fresno Yosemite International Airport. The edible garden is a project between the Junior League of Fresno and The Discovery Center to teach parents and children about healthy eating, where food comes from, sustainable gardening and functioning ecosystems.

A groundbreaking was held in September. The garden has raised planter beds and a chicken coop.

“Realtors live, work and volunteer in their communities and take immense pride in working to improve them,” Wiginton said. “Placemaking can help foster healthier, more social and economically viable communities.”

BoNhia Lee: 559-441-6495, @bonhialee

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