Today, North College Park has got it’s first community garden.

About 20 volunteers put a lot of work in preparing the garden beds, filling them with soil and putting a fence around it. Our sincere thanks to all of them for adding such a wonderful amenity to our community.

Many of the volunteers are local north College Park residents. Additionally we had a quite a few UMD students helping us at the event. I want to thank Gloria Aparicio Blackwell and Sarah Alexander of UMD’s Office of Community Engagement for recruiting the volunteers.

Thanks also to our City staff for leading the project and helping our volunteers during today’s event.

Finally, I want to thank the owner of the property where we built the garden. We very much appreciate this partnership.

Volunteers built 10 raised beds, each measuring 40 square feet. In the end, 15 raised bed plots will be available. Plots will be in raised beds and only 4 feet wide so a gardener can reach the middle without stepping into soil. Plots are arranged so that gardeners can reach in from at least 2 sides.

A number of residents have already registered, but I am told a few still are available. This is an excellent opportunity to meet others with an interest in planting and healthy eating. All College Park residents are eligible to rent a plot, no matter where you live in the City. A completed membership application and $15 registration payment is required.

For more information or to RSVP, please contact Steve Beavers at