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 Park Community Garden Rental Plots 3711 Suter Street||Arroyo 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 58th||Fitzgerald Park Urban Farm Volunteer with City Slicker Farms Corner of 34th Street and Peralta Street|
|Golden Gate Community Garden Rental Plots 1068 62nd Street||King 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 Avenue||Marston Campbell Park Youth Garden Volunteer with Oakland Based Urban Gardens (OBUGS) 16th Street and Market Stree, by Lafayette School|
Mosswood Community Garden
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 Avenue||Tassafaronga Park Urban Farm Corner of 83rd and E Street|
|Temescal Community Garden Rental Plots 876 - 47th Street||Verdese Carter Park Community Garden Rental Plots 96th Avenue & Bancroft Avenue|