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Community Gardens on Municipal Property

Greenery in a community gardenA community garden is a place where people come together to grow fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers. The food grown at a community garden is shared within the community.

What are the benefits of a Community Garden?

  • Provides a source of healthy, fresh food for the community;
  • Enhances habitat for bees, birds and other animals;
  • Fosters community spirit and interaction;
  • Limits the use of pesticides and manufactured fertilizer;
  • Creates a thriving neighbourhood gathering place;
  • Increases the absorption of stormwater into the ground;
  • Provides education to the community about growing food.

Our Community Garden Program

The Community Gardens on Municipal Property program provides a structure and process for community gardens on City-owned property. The City of Windsor is providing the land for use. Site preparation, materials, operation and maintenance of the community garden will be the responsibility of the applicant.

Recommended Parks for Community Gardens

Thumbnail map of park locationsThe list below and associated map show the parks recommended for Community Gardens. When applying for land to operate a community garden, we suggest you consult this list of parks. Municipal properties such as parks not on the list or vacant lots may still be applied for.

 

Ward
Property
Potential
1
Matthew Rodzik Park
High
1
Central Park
High
2
Mill Street Park
Moderate
2
Crowley Greenbelt
High
2
Wilson Park (Adie Knox arena)
High
2
Bridgeview Park
High
3
Bruce Park
Current
3
Mitchell Park
High
3
Wigle Park
High
4
Lens Avenue Greenbelt
Moderate
4
Memorial Park
High
4
Lanspeary Park
High
5
George Park
Moderate
5
Drouillard (Ford City)
Current
5
A.K.O Park
High
6
Brumpton Park
Moderate
6
Realtor Park
High
7
Lakeshore Woods
Moderate
7
Forest Glade Community Centre
High
8
Derwent Park
Current
8
Meadowbrook Park
Moderate
8
Pykes Park
Moderate
8
Rivard-Fountainbleu Park
High
9
Captain Wilson Park
Moderate
9
Walker Homesite
High
10
Remington-Booster Park
High

 

Who can apply for a Community Garden on Municipal property?

The Applicant must be a legal entity in its own right and not an unincorporated association or other form of informal organization. The Applicant must carry insurance in an amount(s) and type(s) satisfactory to the City’s Manager of Insurance and Risk. This generally includes $2,000,000.00 in comprehensive general liability insurance naming the City as an additional insured.

Eggplant on a vineHow to apply for a NEW Community Garden

This application is for the creation of Community Gardens on City of Windsor owned property only. To apply, print and complete the Application Form

Applications must be received by October 31st of the current year to begin the selection process for the growing season the following year.

Submit your application via email to emp@citywindsor.ca or in person (Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm) or by mail to:

Environment & Sustainability Coordinator
c/o Lou Romano Water Reclamation plant
4155 Ojibway Parkway
N9C 4A5

If you require assistance with your application, please contact the Environment and Sustainability Coordinator at emp@citywindsor.ca or 519-253-7111 ext. 3290. 

Community Garden License Renewals 

Harvested fruits and vegetablesThe licensee of a current community garden on Municipal property has the first right to the licensed land for the following calendar year. The current community garden coordinator must complete a Renewal Application before August 31st of the current year for the growing season the following year.

Submit your application via email to emp@citywindsor.ca or in person (Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm) or by mail to:

Environment & Sustainability Coordinator
c/o Lou Romano Water Reclamation plant
4155 Ojibway Parkway
N9C 4A5
 
 If you require assistance with your application, please contact the Environment and Sustainability Coordinator at emp@citywindsor.ca or 519-253-7111 ext. 3290.

Joining a Community Garden

If you are interested in joining a community garden already operating in Windsor or establishing a community garden on private property, please contact:

Steve Green
Windsor Essex Community Garden Network Coordinator
519-258-3033 ext.1148
 
For more information on Environmental Initiatives
Phone: For general information call 311.  For detailed inquiries call 519-253-7111 ext. 3290.
Email: emp@citywindsor.ca