Gale Elementary Garden Club in bloom after winning nearly $200,000

Christian Garcia and Azaria Mallory of Gale's Garden Club, which will receive funds for major renovations this year. (Linze Rice / DNAinfo)

ROGERS PARK — Big hopes, ideas — and soon a few plants, too — are in full bloom at Gale Elementary School in Rogers Park as the school celebrates winning nearly $200,000 to fund community projects at its garden.

Gale, 1631 W. Jonquil Terrace, recently learned it would receive $120,000 of that money through participatory budgeting in the 49th Ward, which allows community groups to pitch and vote on projects that can be financially supported through the ward.

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The money will go toward adding a stage, picnic tables, a walking labyrinth, a “You Are Beautiful” fence affirmation, planters, decorative pathways and more to a Learning Garden at the school, available for all community members to enjoy.

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