The Fairview Park Community Garden provides direct benefits to the Fairview Park families that garden at the site by producing fresh organic food, encouraging exercise, and engaging and beautifying the community and neighborhood. In addition, the community garden donates produce to the Fairview Park Hunger Center.
The Fairview Park Community Garden is located on Maple Drive between West 227 and 229, just north of I-480. The garden has 68 garden plots, a small fruits, herbs, and perennial vegetables area, and a fledgling orchard.
Renting a Garden Plot
The Fairview Park Community Garden is overseen by Garden Coordinator Amy Brennan. Care for individual plots is the responsibility of each individual gardener. At the beginning of each calendar year, gardeners are required to sign a garden agreement that details rules like tidiness, weeding, and upkeep requirements; a no waste policy; and a prohibition of non-organic fertilizers and pesticides.
If you would like to rent a garden plot, the first step is to contact Amy Brennan by phone at 440-655-1021 or by e-mail. Gardeners must pay a $25.00 annual fee per plot. Revenue from this fee is dedicated to the Community Garden’s operational costs.
In 2008, a resident approached the City of Fairview Park expressing interest in starting a community garden because her own property was not conducive to gardening. It was discovered that, while gardening is a passion or hobby of many Fairview Park residents, issues like small lot sizes, damage from deer, and poor growing conditions like shade and wet backyards are impediments to residents gardening on their own property. Later that year, the Fairview Park Community Garden was established on Maple Drive near West 227 Street on a piece of excess land remaining from the construction of I-480.
When the Fairview Park Community Garden first opened, there were 15 garden plots. With assistance from local volunteers and Eagle Scouts, and with contributions of supplies from the City and Home Depot, the Community Garden has grown steadily year after year.
The most recent garden expansion, which occurred in May of 2015, increased the number of active garden plots from 44 to 68. Special thanks to Cox Communications for their support of the Fairview Park Community Garden and this expansion project. “Cox values our role in the communities we live and work,” said Steve Wild, market leader and director of field services at Cox Communications. “Community engagement and sustainability are the cornerstone of our company. We are proud to be of service.”