A 25-year tradition of planting, tending and harvesting crops at the 4th East Garden will continue.
Wasatch Community Gardens reached its fundraising goal this week to purchase the quarter-acre lot at 553 S. 400 East and preserve it as open space.
WCG raised nearly $9,000 at the "Save the Garden Party" Monday at Squatter's Pub Brewery, giving the nonprofit agency in excess of the $125,000 it needed to put toward the purchase price to receive matching funds from Salt Lake City's Open Space Lands program.
Squatter's and 16 other area restaurants donated food for the party, allowing 100 percent of the $25 ticket price to go toward WCG's purchase of the 4th East Garden.
The land where the garden was being leased was sold last March to Community Development Corp. of Utah, which builds affordable housing. Soon after, CDC won a competitive proposal process with the Redevelopment Agency of Salt Lake City to build a mixed-use, mixed-income project on the old Sure Appliance site at 153 W. 900 South.
That made the garden land expendable to the nonprofit development group, and it offered to sell the property to Wasatch Community Gardens. The nonprofit group will be working with CDC to complete the sale before March 31.
For more information about 4th East Garden, visit wasatchgardens.org.