The neighborhood association is the proud sponsor of two distinct gardens.
The Lozar Memorial Gardens, located in Randall Park, were planted in 2012 in memory of Dr. Barbara Lozar who died unexpectedly at the age of 65 on August 11, 2011. Barb was a beloved psychology professor at UW-EC for nearly 40 years, and a very active member and officer of the Historic Randall Park Neighborhood Association. The perennial flowers, some varieties transplanted from Barb’s personal garden, are the center piece of the park she walked through almost daily to and from the university. The memorial plague was donated by the UW-EC Foundation, and the inscription is from one of her favorite Slovenian poems, MOLITEV (The Prayer) by Edvard Kocbek, …“Never will I stop being. Never. Amen.”
The other gardens, Lakeshore Park Community Gardens, 900 Broadway St., are a cooperative effort between The Parks Department and the Neighborhood Association. First planted in 2013, the 14 rentable garden plots, measuring 18’ by 15’, are open to anyone in the community wishing to plant, weed, and harvest a vegetable garden. A permanent 10’ wire fence was added in 2014 to keep the plantings secure from unwanted critters. For more information, call the Parks and Recreation Department. UW-EC students living in the neighborhood are encouraged to participate as well.