Municipal Garden Policies

City of Cambridge

The City of Cambridge Community Services Department (CSD) recognizes that community gardens can contribute to the health and well-being of the population by providing opportunities for individuals and groups to participate in agricultural and horticultural activities and to harvest fruits, vegetables, and grains that promote healthy eating and nutrition. The City of Cambridge Community Services Department will encourage and support the development of community gardens in suitable locations throughout the city.

Criteria for land suitable for Community Services Department supported community gardens, include:

  1. Property must be City-owned or Leased on a long-term basis by the City and designated as open space. (Community Gardens may be located on non-city lands but must be pursued through a relationship with the property owner.)
  2. Wherever possible, property should be accessible to pedestrians and persons requiring the use of mobility devices (wheelchairs, scooters, etc.)
  3. Community Garden must not present a conflict to existing uses of the property.
  4. Community Garden sites must not require the removal of any significant vegetation, landmarks or amenities.
  5. Community gardens sites should be in a location that is visible for surveillance purposes.
  6. Property must have suitable parking facilities and/or acceptable levels of on street parking in proximity.
  7. Property must not require vehicles to be driven across open space lands to access the Community Garden.
  8. Property must have suitable soil conditions.

Criteria for Consideration of the creation of a community garden:

  1. A community garden will be considered where it benefits at least 7 separate households.
  2. Community gardens must be organized, planned, administered and managed by community volunteers.
  3. Community gardens must be available to the community-at-large or to the community served by a sponsoring organization and must not be used to grow commercial produce or plants.


For further details on the support that the Community Services Department will provide to community gardens, as well as information on the roles of the Volunteer Community Garden Administrators, please see the Community Gardens Policy.

UofW School of Architecture CG Cambridge

The University of Waterloo School of Architecture Community Garden, Cambridge


City of Kitchener

The City of Kitchener recognizes that the benefits of community gardens are far reaching, including but not limited to: supporting community building, creation of green space, city beautification and education.

The City of Kitchener will facilitate and support community gardens in the following ways:

  1. Assist community groups in finding suitable sites for the development of community gardens. Suitable sites may include under-utilized public and private lands, as well as parklands, community centres, schoolyards, boulevards, and cul-de-sac bulbs. Storm water management areas are not considered suitable sites for community gardens.
  2. Encourage developers to make available suitable land for community gardens as part of the overall design of subdivisions, senior citizens complexes and homes. This should not necessarily be in excess of the required park land dedication.
  3. Set up a land trust and encourage landowners to dedicate lands as permanent community garden sites.
  4. Assist in the development of user agreements for City owned lands.
  5. Assist with advertising and promoting community gardens events.
  6. Liaise, when possible, with property owners on behalf of community gardens.
  7. Assist with gardening advice on set up and with co-ordination of community garden projects. Establish a small fund for start-up costs, normally not to exceed $2,000 per garden, and provide water sources, when available, that can be easily accessed by gardeners.
  8. Subject to the availability of staff, equipment and material, assist with rototilling and transportation of topsoil and compost if community gardeners are unable to provide this on their own.


Please refer to The City of Kitchener Community Garden Grants document for further information, including conditions on the use of cul-de-sac bulbs and boulevards or parklands for community gardens. If interested in started a community garden in Kitchener, please also see The City of Kitchener Community Gardens Rules & Assumption of Risk form.


Mansion Green Community Garden, Kitchener


City of Waterloo

The City of Waterloo’s Partners in Parks program supports many community driven environmental projects, including community vegetable gardens. A community vegetable garden project comes together with the help of city staff working closely with neighbourhood volunteers to create, design and build the garden. City staff assist with seasonal maintenance – based on budgeting – while the ongoing maintenance and management of the garden falls on the group that initiates the project. Complete and submit the long-term project form to have your community vegetable garden project considered under the Partners in Parks program.

Please read the Partners in Parks Program Community Guide for Community Vegetable Gardens for detailed information on the paperwork required, how to plan your project step by step and policies and guidelines including the Informed Consent Agreement – Waiver of Liability and Assumption of Risk form.

Mount Zion Community Garden, Waterloo


Contact Information

City of Kitchener

Tom Margetts

Operations Supervisor, Major Parks and


Telephone: 519-741-2600 Ext:4173

City of Waterloo

1. Use of Green Space

Rhonda Fetterly, Park Technologist/

MLEO, Parks & Works Services

Telephone:  519-886-2310 Ext: 30232

Fax:  519-886-5788

2. For previous use of private land

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Telephone:  519-886-1550

City of Cambridge

1. Community Services 519-740-4681

2. Paul Willms

Telephone:  519-740-4681 Ext: 4262

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