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Oakland Parks & Recreation is gardening with a purpose, with 16 locations that bring people of all ages and diverse backgrounds together to grow organic vegetables, herbs, fruits and flowers. Check out our free volunteer days and workshops at The Gardens at Lake Merritt (full schedule below), or join us at one of our ten rental plot community gardens, where participants pay an annual fee of $30 for a garden space. These spaces are assigned on a rolling basis, as plots becomes available, and preference is always given to Oakland residents if a garden is full and has a waiting list. Volunteers are encouraged to join us for monthly “work parties” at each garden!

Additionally, OPR now offers six garden locations run in partnership with schools and nonprofits. These beautiful gardens engage children and community members to help grow food for themselves and their families, at no cost to participate. Please scroll down to see a full list of our partners, and links to their respective websites. Contact them today to get involved!

OPR features 23 sites with youth gardening facilities, including at most of our recreation centers - please visit your local center today to see how you can help us show kids the value of organic gardening!

Allendale Garden Flowers

Allendale Park Community Garden Rental Plots 3711 Suter StreetThumbnail of Arroyo Viejo Community GardenArroyo Viejo Park Community Garden Rental Plots 79th Avenue and Arthur Street cul de sac
Bella Vista Park Community Garden Rental Plots 11th Avenue and East 28th Street, by Bella Vista Elementary School Bushrod Park Community Garden Rental Plots 584 59th Street
Dover Street Park Community Garden Volunteer with Phat Beets Produce Dover Street between 57th and 58thFitzgerald Park Urban Farm Volunteer with City Slicker Farms Corner of 34th Street and Peralta Street
Golden Gate Community Garden Rental Plots 1068 62nd StreetKing Estates Community Garden Volunteer with People UnitEd for a Better Life In Oakland (PUEBLO) 8251 Fontaine Street
Edible Demonstration Gardens at Lake Merritt Volunteer-led Demo Plots; Some Rental Plots 666 Bellevue AvenueMarston Campbell Park Youth Garden Volunteer with Oakland Based Urban Gardens (OBUGS) 16th Street and Market Stree, by Lafayette School

Mosswood Community Garden

Rental Plots

Corner of MacArthur and Webster

San Antonio Park Community Garden Rental Plots Corner of 16th Avenue and East 19th Street
Stonehurst Edible Schoolyard Volunteer with Stonehurst Edible Schoolyard 901 105th AvenueTassafaronga Park Urban Farm Corner of 83rd and E Street
Temescal Community Garden Rental Plots 876 - 47th StreetVerdese Carter Park Community Garden Rental Plots 96th Avenue & Bancroft Avenue