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Community Gardens in the Parks

Community Gardens In The Parks provides opportunities for citizens to work together with neighbors to participate in or start a community garden in a local park. The City of Fayetteville is promoting and expanding greening efforts in our community by providing valuable outdoor space for citizens in Fayetteville to garden together. 

How Can I Participate in a Community Garden?

Two options are available to participate in the Community Gardens in the Parks Program.  You can participate in an Existing Park Land Community Garden by having your name added to a Waiting List aand attending Spring Registration.  Or you can work with other citizens to Build a Community Garden on park land near your neighborhood.  To have your name added to the Waiting List email community_gardens@ci.fayetteville.ar.us

 

Existing Park Land Community Gardens

Walker Park Community Garden (WPCG)

The WPCG is located in Walker Park near the Senior Activity and Wellness Center at 945 South College Avenue. Established in 2011 with 20 plots, the garden now has 33 plots.  It is protected from deer by a six foot fence and supplied with a centrally located water spigot.  Each plot is filled with a mix of topsoil, course sand and compost.

To learn more about participating in the WPCG contact:

e-mail: wpgardenleader1@yahoo.com
OR community_gardens@ci.fayetteville.ar.us

phone: (479)444-3467

 

Jefferson Community Garden (JCG)

Located at 612 South College Avenue, this garden is made available for use as a community garden through a partnership between the City of Fayetteville and the Fayetteville School Dsitrict.

Jefferson Community Garden is in the south yard of the Fayetteville Adult Education Center on the corner of Martin Luther King Boulevard and South College Avenue. With 10 plots available, the garden is surrounded with a wrought-iron fence and has a centrally located water spigot.  Each plot is filled with a mix of topsoil, course sand and compost.

To learn more about participationg in the JCG contact:

e-mail: jcggardenleader1@yahoo.com
OR
community_gardens@ci.fayetteville.ar.us
phone: (479)444-3467

 Parks and Recreation Program Gardens

Yvonne Richardson Community Center (YRCC)

Designed and operated specifically for YRCC's After School and Summer FUN4KIDS programs, kids and volunteers plant the garden in spring and summer at this City-operated community garden. Program activities include field trips and food preparation in the outdoor kitchen. The garden is composed of raised beds in a 60’ x 35’ area. Rain is collected from the roof of a volunteer-constructed garden shed. Volunteers assist with day-to-day maintenance, mentoring and educational activities. E-mail yrcc@ci.fayetteville.ar.us or call 479-444-3461 to learn how to join the Kids Crops Program.

Building a Community Garden

In an effort to promote community gardening, The City of Fayetteville will assist residents who wish to build a community garden on park land near their neighborhood. Park lands suitable for community gardens have been identified in each quadrant of the city. These public lands provide valuable outdoor space for neighbors to garden together. The following parks are included on this list:

Northwest quadrant: Red Oak Park and Gary Hampton Softball Complex (next to Holcomb Elementary School)
Northeast quadrant: Lake Fayetteville Park Hobby Use Area - Park land on the east side of Arkansas Highway 265 North (Crossover Road)
Southwest quadrant:
Holland Park - Park land along U.S. Highway 62 near Farmington
Southeast quadrant:
Madison Natural Area - Park land off of Arkansas Highway 45 East (Mission Boulevard)

Community gardening is a responsibility which requires long-term commitment, community support and dedication by all members of a gardening group. Gardeners take initiative and responsibility for building and maintaining the community garden. Please join us in making the Community Gardens In The Parks a long lasting greening program that is available to all Fayetteville residents.

If you and your neighbors are interested in building a community garden on park land, please contact the Parks and Recreation Department by e-mail: community_gardens@ci.fayetteville.ar.us or call 479-444-3467.

In order to Build a Community Garden in a Fayetteville park the following documents are needed. To read, review and print, click on each document title below.

Checklist
Manual for Community Garden Development
Application Form
Petition
Site and Usage Survey
Letter of Commitment
Annual Lease Agreement

A fence is allowed but is not mandatory. If your garden group decides a fence is needed, a design and specifications will be provided to the Garden Group.