Wales Park Community Garden

During 2020 the District helped to create a new community garden in Belfast, which is designed to be an educational demonstration as well as an accessible place for local folks to grow and share food. Waldo SWCD was approached by several community members who wanted to do a community garden, and was able to assist them in securing a site and doing a thorough assessment of the soil at the garden location. We also provided a design for the garden, which includes the first pollinator planting demonstration in our area! Stop by and see the garden at the corner of Main St. and Lincolnville Avenue in Belfast.

Mission Statement for the Community Garden

The Wales Park Community Garden’s mission is to improve food security at the community level and support a healthy lifestyle by providing garden plots to be used by residents of Belfast to grow their own vegetables, herbs, and flowers. The Wales Park Community Garden is a collaborative effort of the City of Belfast, non-profit organizations, and members of the community.  Together we will offer opportunities to learn sustainable gardening skills, share gardening knowledge and experience, and foster a sense of community in a safe and supportive place.

Description & Current Status

The community garden is located on the north side of Wales Park.  It currently has 10 planting beds, including a handicap-accessible bed and an L-shaped pollinator garden border.  A steering committee of volunteers, working with the Parks Commission and the Belfast Parks & Recreation Dept, is developing the garden.  Garden plots are available for the 2021 season. See the application document below for more information. Covid-19 safety policies have been established for the use of the garden.

More Information

Please visit the Garden’s Facebook page for complete information  https://www.facebook.com/Wales-Park-Community-Garden-104520054654600

Updates
A GoFundMe effort has successfully raised the funds needed to complete the seasonal waterline and we thank everyone who donated.  We sincerely thank Whitecap Builders, which has graciously donated and built a split-rail fence along the perimeter of the pollinator garden and a small shed behind the garden that will be used to store tools and provide a place to post information and guidance.  Generous donations will also allow for continued planting of pollinator garden plants and shrubs throughout the park.

The Wales Park Community Garden is now accepting applications for gardening in 2021. Instructions for applying and policies are contained within the application.

Download the application here: Wales Park Community Garden Plot Application 2021.