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Rapid City garden leads to less crime

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A Rapid City neighborhood continues their effort to encourage a crime-free community.

Saturday more than 15 people donated their time to help build new garden boxes for the Lemmon Avenue Community Garden in Rapid City.

It's a continuation of a project that started a few years.

Organizers say the new garden was central to a growing neighborhood watch community.

As the garden grew from five boxes to well over a dozen, calls for service in the area dropped significantly.

"It has grown, and like I say it will grow, and it's the best thing to happen to this section of town in a long time," said John Haag, College Park President.

"It's kind of like a feeling of pride to know you're actually involved with something. Because once you're done, 20 years from now you can go back and look at it, and say that I helped build that," said Ben Degroote, a volunteer.

Haag says they'd like to put a new park in the area to give kids in neighborhood a place to play.

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