The West Side Community Garden was founded in 1976 on a trash-strewn 89,000 square foot vacant lot on Columbus Avenue that had been slated for an urban renewal project. In 1982, the Community board, developers, and the New York City Planning Commission approved a permanent Garden plan and a groundbreaking for the present Garden took place in October 1987. The property for the current Garden site was deeded to West Side Community Garden, Inc. in November 1989. The present day facility includes a public flower park as well as vegetable beds. The Garden is maintained entirely by volunteers and has matured into an important community resource, serving a large Upper West Side Neighborhood, visitors from all over the city and the world, and children from both pubic and private schools.