Oaklands Community Garden Initiative - Oswald Park
The Oaklands Community Association (OCA) is considering possible locations to build a community garden in the Oaklands neighbourhood. Currently, a group of volunteers is investigating the possibility of a community garden in Oswald Park. The OCA’s vision is to create an enhanced public space where children can cultivate an appreciation for nature’s bounty, where neighbours of all ages rub shoulders, and where those without land can grow healthy food. At this stage of the project, the OCA is looking for community input to help shape a community garden project that is a good fit for our neighbourhood.
Your involvement in this process is important! What do you think of having community garden in Oswald Park? Would you like to help with the design? Would you like to volunteer to help build the garden? Would you like to be on our email list for updates on next steps? Let us know!
The following contains background information on the Oaklands Community Garden project, along with maps to illustrate the approximate size and location of community garden being considered in Oswald Park. In August 2019 the Oaklands Community association submitted an Expression of Interest to the City of Victoria for a garden in Oswald Park. The feedback was positive. We are moving forward with a formal proposal and community consultation.
BACKGROUND INFORMATION AND VISION
The City of Victoria is committed to “increase food production on public land including increasing community gardens in all neighbourhoods in the city, and building urban food systems into our parks operations”, and this goal appears in the City’s current Strategic Plan (Strategic Objective #5: Health, Well-Being and a Welcoming City, pg. 20). As part of the City’s ongoing community gardening initiative, the Oakland Community Association has secured funding to build a community garden in our neighbourhood. For more information on the process of initiating a community garden, and the City of Victoria’s requirements and regulations please visit “Building a Community Garden on City Land.”
The OCA greatly appreciates the support and expertise of the City of Victoria staff during our planning process.
Community surveys and early visioning exercises to date have helped our group form the following vision of a community garden in Oaklands: The vision for a community garden in Oaklands is a garden that includes both common garden areas and individual allotment gardens. Allotment gardens would be raised beds gardens that would be rented and maintained by individuals. The common garden would have a mix of fruit, nuts, herbs and flowers marked with educational signage so that people strolling through the park could stop to nibble on berries, cut a sprig of herbs for their dinner, and perhaps gather some flowers for their table. We envision flower-lined entryways and paths, a wheelchair-accessible main path and beds, public art and whimsical child-friendly features throughout the garden. We would also like to incorporate a teaching area that could be used by local schools, colleges, and community groups. The gardens would have deer fencing with unlocked gates, and would be designed with open sightlines to ensure public safety.
See the August 5, 2019 article by Vic News about a potential community garden in Oaklands!
this online survey
phone: 250-370-9101 ext. 4
Where do you live?
I live directly surrounding Oswald Park
I live in Oaklands north of Hillside Ave
I live in Oaklands south of Hillside Ave
I live outside of Oaklands
Following community consultation, the Oaklands Community Association's Community Garden Initiative will submit a proposal to the City of Victoria to be considered by City Council. My input is an important part of this process.
Yes, I understand
No, I do not understand
What are your thoughts on the proposed community garden location in Oswald Park (see map showing proposed footprint for Oswald Park)?
The size and location of the community garden looks good to me
The size of the garden seems too small to me
The size of the garden seems too large to me
The location of the garden doesn't look right to me
I don't want to see a community garden in Oswald Park
Are you interested in participating in the design of the community garden?
Yes, please contact me to participate in community design
I am interested in updates, but I don't want to take part in the process
No, please do not contact me again
Are you interested in participating or helping to build the community garden?
Yes, please contact me to participate
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