Gardening is a recreational activity. In the context of a public pea patch however, it becomes something much more. Pea patch gardening is a social, educational, and cultural institution whose value transcends generations and enriches gardeners as well as passers-by in countless ways.
A pea patch is and should be accessible to as many people as possible. No pea patch should be walled-off or "private". I believe that the best place in Redmond for a pea patch would be somewhere between or on the current City Hall site and the Sammamish River trail. Why? Because the site is central, sunny, has ample traffic, great sun and soil (I assume), plentiful water, and is only blocks from the greatest number of condominium and town house residents in the city.
Because pea patch gardening is such a unique activity, I strongly believe that it needs to be identified and dealt with individually in the Parks and Recreation chapter of our Comprehensive Plan. Establishing a pea patch for city residents will materially enhance property values in nearby neighborhoods, especially in the urban centers. I'm as surprised that we haven't created a pea patch program that dovetails with King County's once excellent program as I am determined to see that one gets started in the City of Redmond.
What do you think?