Westbury Community Garden
The 7-acre site of the Westbury Community Garden, located at Dunlap at Fonmeadow in the Westbury SuperNeighborhood, is owned by the Houston Housing Authority. For almost 30 years, the land has been park space. In 1982 the Westbury Civic Club filed suit against the Houston Housing Authority for violations of statutes related to their plans to build an apartment complex on this site. An out-of-court agreement was reached, and it was decided that this acreage would be a good site for a city park due to its location next to an existing 900+ unit apartment complex. The Houston Parks and Recreation Department leased and maintained the land for 25 years.
In 2009, a group of volunteers seeking to build a community garden in the Westbury area discovered this 7-acre site within the Westbury SuperNeighborhood boundaries. The long-term lease of the site by the Houston Parks and Recreation Department had just expired, so the garden volunteers sought a lease with the Houston Housing Authority (The HHA is NOT a city department, the HHA administers federal funds). City Council Member Anne Clutterbuck negotiated a lease from the HHA on behalf of the Westbury Civic Club on 2 acres of the site in December of 2009. In 2011, the lease was modified so that we now lease the entire 7-acre site. The Westbury Community Garden is a joint project of the Westbury SuperNeighborhood, the Westbury Civic Club, and the Westbury Area Improvement Corporation.