Should Mountain View provide additional community garden space? If so, suggest where.
We would like your input on whether or not to provide a new community garden space and where the new garden might thrive. Staff will present options to the Parks and Recreation Commission on June 10, and your comments will help City officials understand what Mountain View residents prefer.
Some of the items under consideration are (see FAQs for some examples):
- Should public land be used for a community garden
- Possible garden locations
- Preferred types of community gardens
1. Who is eligible for a garden plot or to participate in a shared garden?
All Mountain View residents over the age of 18 are eligible.
2. Types of community gardens: What is the difference between a demonstration garden, urban shared garden and plot-based garden?
A demonstration garden is a garden space that is managed by an organization such as the Santa Clara County Master Gardeners who provide gardening education, demonstrations and seminars to schools and the community. This type of garden is generally open to the public during demonstration hours.
An urban shared garden provides the opportunity for a group of individuals to come together to garden in a shared space and typically grow fruits, vegetables, and other edible plants. Urban shared gardens may or may not be open to the public.
A plot-based garden is individual plots that are leased to residents annually for a nominal fee. Plot-based gardens are not open to the public.
3. Is there community gardening space already in Mountain View?
There are two existing community gardens in Mountain View: Willowgate Garden on Andsbury Avenue and Senior Garden on Escuela Avenue. Currently, all available plots are filled and the waitlist is at least four years.
4. What is the estimated waiting time for the existing gardens?
The Willowgate Garden is a plot-based garden with 84 individual plots. There are currently 160 residents on the waiting list, and the wait time is approximately five years. The Senior Garden is a plot-based garden with 63 individual plots. There are 64 residents on the waiting list, and the wait time is approximately three to four years.
5. Has the City identified possible locations for a garden space?
The City has identified 11 potential sites for garden space. The sites under consideration are:
|Rengstorff/Old Middlefield Way||771. N. Rengstorff Ave.|
|Shoreline/Snow||700-710 S. Shoreline Blvd.|
|Shoreline/Latham||580-598 S. Shoreline Blvd.|
|Shoreline/Church||501-579 S. Shoreline Blvd.|
|Shoreline/California||401-465 S. Shoreline Blvd.|
|Bryant Avenue (Water Tower)||1385-1399 Bryant Ave.|
|Whisman Park (Hetch Hetchy)||387-483 Easy St.|
|Wright Avenue||1368-1696 Wright Ave.|
|W. Middlefield Road/Sierra Vista||1913-1696 Wright Ave.|
|Wyandotte Property (undeveloped)||2254 Wyandotte Ave.|
|Rengstorff/Leland Avenue||120 S. Rengstorff Ave.|
6. What are the proposed criteria used to rank possible garden sites?
Proposed garden sites will be ranked based on criteria such as: size, proximity to utilities, exposure to sun, parking, elevation, ownership of land and long-term potential, accessibility, and need for open space. Criteria are subject to change.
7. What is the process to apply for and lease a plot at an existing community garden?
All residents may request to be added to the wait list for either the Willowgate Garden or the Senior Garden by contacting the Recreation Division at (650) 903-6331 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
8. What is the current cost of an existing, individual garden plot?
The annual cost to lease a garden plot at the Willowgate Garden is $42 for residents over the age of 55 and $135 for residents 18 to 54 years old. The Senior Garden is for residents over the age of 55 and is $42 annually.
9. Who would be responsible for maintaining the proposed garden?
That will depend on the type of garden approved by City Council.
10. Will the community garden(s) be subject to the City’s water conservation guidelines?
All community gardens are subject to City-wide conservation efforts and watering guidelines.
11. What are the next steps?
Community input will be presented to the Parks and Recreation Commission at the June 10, 2015 meeting. The City Council is scheduled to review garden space options on June 23, 2015.
12. Who can I contact to receive more information on gardens?
You can contact the Recreation Supervisor in charge of the gardens at (650) 903-6331 or by email at email@example.com.
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June 11, 2015