In 2010, the City of Olympia adopted a 10 year Parks Plan. During the plan development process, community gardens were identified as an emerging program need that the department embraced. The plan calls for the development of three to six gardens located throughout the community. The City may contract with neighborhood associations and local non-profits to plan, operate, and maintain community gardens on property it manages or owns.
There are currently two community gardens in City of Olympia parks.
505 Bing St. NW
Sunrise Community Garden was established in 2006 through a partnership between GRuB (Garden-Raised Bounty), the City of Olympia Parks, Arts & Recreation department, TOGETHER!, and the USDA. The garden is situated in Sunrise Park on Olympia’s Westside, neighboring a HUD-subsidized low-income apartment complex. In late fall 2011, the City began management of this garden. The garden was upgraded during the winter and we are now ready for 2012 gardening. Sunrise Community Garden has an established Garden Council, which holds primarily leadership, decision-making, and planning authority for the garden. See below for information on how to request your own garden plot.
Yauger Community Garden Project
530 Alta St. SW; west side of park adjacent to Dirt Works.
The community garden at Yauger Park is the second to be located within a park. Construction was completed in March, 2011 and is now hosting Olympia gardeners. This location hosts 69 plots, including nine ADA plots. See below for information on how to request your own garden plot.
How can I become a gardener?
2013 gardeners are currently renewing their plots for 2014. 2014 applications for remaing garden plots at the Yauger Community Garden and Sunrise Park Community Garden will be accepted beginning January 2, 2014. The application will be available on this page beginning December 13, 2013, or you may contact Luke Burns at 360.570.5857. Applications will not be accepted prior to January 2, 2014. Plots are assigned on a first come/first served basis for completed applications. Due to limited space, City of Olympia residents will be given priority for garden plots.