Municipal Garden Policies

Regional Municipality of Waterloo 

Region of Waterloo Official Plan 2031: Section 3 Liveability in Waterloo Region

3.F Access to Locally Grown and Other Healthy Foods 

3.F.3 Area Municipalities will establish policies in their official plans that encourage community gardens and rooftop gardens.

3.F.4 The Region will support community gardens, wherever feasible, by granting access to Regional lands, and by providing rain barrels, composting bins, compost, wood mulch or other forms of in-kind support.

 

City of Cambridge

The City of Cambridge 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, to get outside, and to provide a recreational opportunity the whole family can enjoy.  Community gardens can be considered on private property, churches, parks, or anywhere in the city but there are some key aspects you should investigate before pursuing a particular site including soil conditions, access, water, surveillance, safety, etc.  The City has a Community Gardens Policy for gardens proposed on City-owned lands which includes a $1,000.0 grant to support the aquisition of tools, equipment, storage facilties and/or services. Please contact Chris Ziemski, Manager of Park Operations for more information. T. Main (519) 623-1340 TTY (519) 623-6691

Waterloo Regional Police Allotment Garden Program

176 Hespeler Rd., Cambridge N1R

City of Kitchener

Community gardens play an important role in neighbourhood life. Our goal is to build one to three new community gardens every year. The purpose of this grant is to provide financial and in-kind support for starting new community gardens in Kitchener. This is a one-time grant and does not support on-going operations of a community garden.

On city-owned lands, new community gardens are eligible for:

  • Up to $1,000 towards one-time capital and/or equipment costs, such as plot construction, fencing, signage, storage shed, tools, accessibility features, etc.
  • In-kind services including water connection costs, locates, soil testing and preparation of the garden.

On non-city-owned lands, new community gardens are eligible for:

  • Up to $1,000 towards one-time capital and/or equipment costs, such as plot construction, fencing, signage, storage shed, tools, accessibility features, etc.

Applications are due on June 1st of the year preceding that in which the community garden is to be installed. The application form will be available online in April. Please note that the review process will generally take 4-6 weeks before you are updated on the status of your application. Talk to the city staff before applying to learn more about the process of applying.

Mansion Greens Community Garden

Weber Park, 281 Mansion St., Kitchener

 

City of Waterloo

The City of Waterloo’s Partners in Parks program is currently restructuring its Community Vegetable Program. Please contact the city for more information. T. 519-747-8733 TTY (for deaf). 1-866-786-394.


The Patchwork Community Gardens - EMS Site

Westmount Rd., S., Waterloo 

 

 

Contact Information

City of Kitchener

1. Neighbourhood Development Office

T: 519-741-2200 ext. 4663
TTY: 1-866-969-9994

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

rhonda.fetterly@waterloo.ca

2. For previous use of private land

City Hall - Building Standards

Telephone:  519-886-1550

City of Cambridge

1. Chris Ziemski, Manager of Park Operations for more information.

T. Main (519) 623-1340 TTY (519) 623-6691

 

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