Gahanna's community gardens could grow, if a $10,000 grant is awarded through the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA).

Gahanna's community gardens could grow, if a $10,000 grant is awarded through the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA).

Gahanna City Council was expected to approve legislation Tuesday to apply for the grant.

Parks and recreation director Tony Collins said NRPA, through a gift from the J.R. Albert Foundation, recently announced the availability of the funds to support community garden programs.

Grants in the amount of $10,000 each will be distributed to 10 parks and recreation agencies throughout the Midwest.

Collins said the community garden at Friendship Park has been a great project for residents. While the garden program isn't critical in nature, Collins said the grant will provide the department with the opportunity to expand its current community garden at no additional cost to the department.

No local match is required, and the project won't jeopardize any other projects or levels of service provided by the department.

"The program is already in place and the garden plots are currently being rented," Collins said. "This grant offers us the ability to improve accessibility and educational opportunities to the community. The program fits into our pricing philosophy and master plan through the offering of recreational programming and educational opportunities that generate the revenue to cover the expenses needed to maintain the gardens."

The grant is not government funded and is through a donation to the NRPA.

Funding will be distributed to selected agencies in April.