The East Harlem Council Garden was started in 1985. The Council runs the East Harlemâ€™s Head Start program and have integrated gardening into the childrenâ€™s regular curriculum. Gardening provides the teachers with an ongoing, outdoor, hands-on activity that is perfect for the summer months when, unlike schools, the Head Start program is still in session. Community members are working with the council to make the garden safer and easier to use for small children. They have begun construction for this season, which will include repairing the summerhouse and building raised beds. Community board eleven has issued a statement opposing the auction of this garden.