Pop-Up Community Gardens create new opportunities for Edmontonians to get growing in their neighbourhoods. Community groups whose members often experience barriers to outdoor recreation and gardening are strongly encouraged to apply. Applications should be submitted by the leader of a community group or existing garden, or represent an organization that has members ready to garden.
Pop-Up Community Gardens must be located on City-owned parkland or community league licensed land. If possible, gardens will be placed on hard surfaces (pavement, cement, or gravel) to increase accessibility for those who experience mobility challenges. The City will work with recipients to come up with a plan for water if not available on site.
Please note: Tennis courts, pickleball courts, basketball courts, ice rinks, sports fields, and locations in the North Saskatchewan River Valley are ineligible spaces.
Additional consideration when determining Pop-Up Garden site selection include in no particular order:
- Distribution of the gardens throughout the City
- Social vulnerability in the proposed garden location - gardens may be prioritized in areas with limited access to outdoor recreation opportunities
- Applications who demonstrate initiatives to utilize the Pop-Up Community Gardens to benefit the community beyond participating gardeners such as by partnering with other organizations or groups
- Applicants who indicate a willingness to create or plan or organize gardening groups to facilitate the operations of Pop-Up Community Gardens.
- Groups who prioritize elements of accessibility in their Pop-Up Gardens such as choosing to place their gardens on hard surfaces, providing additional seating for breaks and having access to shade
Groups that do not meet the above criteria are encouraged to continue discussions about community garden projects with their Neighbourhood Resource Coordinator or other City Liaison. Individuals who are interested in taking part in a Pop-Up Community Garden are encouraged to call 311 to locate the nearest opportunity to you.
Pop-Up Community Gardens works closely with Sustainable Food Edmonton. They are a wonderful resource to inquire about skill development workshops, events, and grant funding opportunities for community gardens.
Established community gardens may exist in your community! Check out the Community Garden Map to find a garden near you.