Community gardens grew from an interest in growing food, herbs, and flowers, even if individuals didn’t have access to garden space at their residences. The city opened its first community garden in 1974, and since then, the program has blossomed. Now, Anchorage Parks and Recreation manages five community gardens.
Community gardens are open for gardening from April through October, and amenities vary from site to site. All garden plots are monitored by Parks and Recreation staff and provide portable toilets, garbage cans, and parking. Other available amenities may include picnic tables and children play areas.
Due to high demand, gardeners are limited to one plot per person. Garden plots previously obtained will be honored in future garden seasons.