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Community Gardens & Food Forests

Growing our social capital, by connecting people and building community

The Community Garden program provides gardening opportunities for the physical and social benefit of the people and neighborhoods of Tacoma. Opportunities include meeting your neighbors, becoming more self-reliant, beautifying your neighborhood, producing nutritious food, reducing your family food budget, conserving resources and getting outdoors for some healthy exercise.

Since September 2012, Pierce Conservation District (PCD) has been working with gardeners to oversee general operations at 66 gardens throughout the county, approximately half of which are located in Tacoma. The partnership agreement includes Metro Parks, City of Tacoma, Pierce County Public Works and Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department. For questions about a specific garden please contact the site coordinator.

7402 East D St.
Questions? Contact Program Coordinator:
Kristen McIvor (253) 845-9770
1201 Puget Sound Ave. (S. 12th St. at S. Puget Sound Ave.)
Questions? Contact Program Coordinator:
Kristen McIvor (253) 845-9770
 Close Up of Plants in Franklin Community Garden KANDLE PARK COMMUNITY GARDEN
2323 N. Shirley St. (N. 26th St. at N. Shirley St.)
Questions? Contact Program Coordinator:
Kristen McIvor (253) 845-9770
 Plants in Franklin Community Garden MCCARVER PARK COMMUNITY GARDEN
2301 South J St. (S. 23rd & South J St.)
Questions? Contact Program Coordinator:
Kristen McIvor (253) 845-9770
Community Garden in Neighbors' Park NEIGHBORS PARK COMMUNITY GARDEN
722 South I St.
Questions? Contact On-Site Coordinator:  or (605) 929-1001
 Proctor Community Garden PROCTOR COMMUNITY GARDEN
3901 N. 21st St. (N. 21st St. at Proctor)
Questions? Contact On-Site Coordinator: (253) 278-6215
2013 Improvements - new fence and gates
 Close Up of Plants in Franklin Community Garden ROGERS PARK (DOMETOP) COMMUNITY GARDEN
3151 East L St. (E 34th & East L St.)
Questions? Contact On-Site Coordinator:
Mary Young (253) 241-9429
 Plants in Franklin Community Garden SWAN CREEK PARK COMMUNITY GARDEN
2820 Pioneer Way E. (E. 42nd & Roosevelt)
Questions? Contact On-Site Coordinator:
Sue Bernstein (253) 472-7264
Swan Creek Park Food Forest. SWAN CREEK PARK FOOD FOREST
In Swan Creek Park near E 42nd and E Roosevelt (south of the Community Garden)
Questions? Contact Site Coordinator:
Ulysses Martin (253) 304-7049

Metro Parks Tacoma understands that theft of produce is an ongoing challenge in Community Gardens. Some methods to deter theft which have worked in other Community Gardens are:

  • Plant thorny plants around the perimeter of the garden.
  • Keep a presence in the garden. More people in the gardens more often means less opportunity for theft.
  • Harvest ripe fruits and vegetables immediately to give thieves nothing to take.
  • Plant less popular items on the outside of the garden, i.e. potatoes instead of tomatoes
  • Plant different items that will throw off thieves such as purple cauliflower or white eggplant.