Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living Discovery Garden
The Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the success of children, youth and adults with disabilities at school, at work and in the community. As part of their mission, AACIL created a garden site with completely accessible beds. In 2015, the AACIL and Project Grow teamed up to make this garden part of the Project Grow family of community gardens.
The site has sixteen raised beds. Twelve of the beds are completely accessible. They are separated by concrete paths and directly adjacent to parking and a completely wheelchair accessible tool shed.
The Ann Arbor CIL garden is unique in its accessibility, but it is not unique in its mission of community building. The space is built in a way that ensures that people with and without disabilities can garden together. Everyone is welcome to garden here, regardless of ability level.
A complete collection of tools is available in the shed and like all Project Grow sites, water is available.
Beds at AACIL are 24-32 square feet, slightly larger than the 18-24 square foot beds at Project Grow's other Discovery Gardens.
The fee for a bed at the Discovery Garden is $50 for one or $80 for two.