All Park Pride community gardens are open for visitors during park hours (just remember to get permission before picking any food).View larger map
What to Expect
Community gardens bring a whole new level of engagement into your park. Before garden construction, you should expect:
- That you’ll be asked to determine a budget for your garden design and that you’ll need to gain approval from the City of Atlanta Parks Department before construction
- That Park Pride will assist community groups with the application and approval process for starting a community garden in a City of Atlanta park, and serve as a liaison between the community and Parks Department to ensure proper program implementation
- That gardeners are responsible for weeding, watering and harvesting their garden beds!
- To see more people in the park with the introduction of this new park activity; and more people in the park leads to a safer greenspace!
We have more than 20 community gardens in our program, each with its own unique flavor. If you would like to visit a community garden, please take a look at the map of Park Pride community gardens to find the garden nearest you.
Are you interested in starting a community garden in your neighborhood park? Starting a garden is a community-driven process. Here are steps a group must take to get the garden established:
- Form a core group of interested gardeners and contact Park Pride
- Choose a sunny location in an available area of the park (not on a ball field)
- Determine an operational model (i.e. individual plots, communal gardening area, etc.)
- Design the garden, including layout and materials for raised beds, fencing, pathways, and water source
- Obtain support and approval from the community, including neighboring property owners and the NPU
- Submit the application and $250 restoration bond to Park Pride
- Obtain approval from the Parks Department through Park Pride
- If requested, submit a Review and Comment Application to the Atlanta Urban Design Commission and present the garden plan at a commission hearing
- Schedule a garden build date
Take a look at our Community Garden Info Sheet and Community Garden Adoption Agreement to learn more about the program and how to get started.