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Work underway on Surf Avenue Sea Garden

An unused plot behind a Coney Island building for people with behavioral health needs is about to be transformed from an eyesore into a sight for sore eyes – thanks to the handiwork of its green-thumbed clients.

Budding horticulturalists at the FEGS-run Harry and Jeannette Weinberg Behavioral Health and Community Rehabilitation Center, 3312 Surf Avenue, polished up on the elbow grease and, in collaboration with artist in residence Angelo Ciotti, began the first phase of work on the site of the future Surf Avenue Sea Garden.

The crew cleared and prepared the space for planting in the hopes of turning it into a sanctuary and “a place of healing and renewal” by next summer.

The project gives clients an opportunity to be outdoors, follow directions, work a team and develop cognitive and social skills, said a spokesperson, adding that the final installations, including plantings, signage and an art gallery, will be completed by next spring in time for the official grand opening in June.

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