The story of the Avenues Community Garden
In 2003 the Avenues community council formed an Avenues Community Garden committee. The committee contacted owners of all vacant lots in the Avenues area to see if they could be used for community garden purposes. At that time, the committee was unsuccessful in starting a garden.
In 2006 members of the committee attended American Community Garden Association trainings, and workshops offered by Wasatch Community Gardens.
In 2007, the committee worked with Salt Lake City to obtain permission to use the vacant field at the top of Lindsey Gardens Park, behind the fire station on 11th Avenue, at the corner of 10th Avenue and M Street. The City agreed to allow the field to be used as a community garden. The committee set a budget and contacted all the adjoining homeowners to the site. Several homeowners objected to the increased vehicle and pedestrian traffic that a community garden would bring to this area. The City then withdrew permission for the use of this site.
The committee suggested several other locations over the next couple of years, including the City property to the north and west of Kay Rees Park at 14th Avenue and H Street, and the grassy strip along the west side of A Street overlooking City Creek Canyon. For varioous reasons these sites could not be secured for community garden use.
In 2013 the City announced it had set aside space in several city parks for community garden use. One of those sites is in Popperton Park, shown below. The Avenues Community Council requested the garden committee apply to use the Popperton Park site. The City requires any garden in the new city park lands to be under the oversight of Wasatch Community Gardens, including committee members attending garden leadership training, a concensus-based decision making process, evidence of community support for a garden, and a series of organizational meetings.
All the above is being accomplished, and several organizational meetings have been held. The garden committee, made up of volunteer organizers and people interested in garden plots, has chosen the following name for the Avenues Community Garden:
"Popperton Plots - The Avenues Community Garden." The garden site is shown below, and is located on Popperton Way to the north and east of Shriners Hospital for Children.
The committee has drafted the following mission statement for the Avenues Garden:
Here is a recent photo of the site, which is approximately 1/3 acre, or 50 by 350 feet. The site has an unobstructed view of the entire Salt Lake valley, and we hope to make it a showpiece community garden.
Have you ever wanted to design a community garden? Plan to attend the next Community Garden meeting on Thursday Feb. 20, from 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. at the Sweet Branch Library, 9th Avenue and F Street. We will be working on the design for our community garden with a goal of preparing the soil in April!
Bring photos of gardens that you like to the Feb 20 meeting to help us design a great garden!
Future garden committee meeting dates and topics:
Thurs March 6: Select site design, set garden rules, set work party date, open applications.
Thurs March 20: site prep planning, plan groundbreaking, plan garden workday.
All meetings will be at the Sweet Branch Library at 9th Avenue and F Street in the Avenues (455 F Street), Salt Lake City. 7pm - 8:30pm.
Attending a meeting is a way to get on the preferred list for applying for a garden plot. You can also get on the list by contacting James or Michael below.
The Avenues garden leaders are chairperson James Woolf (email@example.com) 801-259-3297, Michael Hughes (firstname.lastname@example.org) 801-859-5858, and Gwen Springmeyer (email@example.com) 801-673-1944.
We are an official garden of the Wasatch Community Gardens. Visit our Avenues garden information page on the Wasatch Community Gardens website at Green City Growers.