Do you support a community garden in Nolte Local Park?
Montgomery Parks is seeking feedback on a proposal to install a community garden at Nolte Local Park.
Parks staff are proposing the creation of a community garden at the site of the current Nolte Local Park activity building. The activity building is scheduled to be removed in early 2019 due to under use and the inability to secure a tenant for the facility.
Proposed Concept Details
Montgomery Parks held a community meeting on December 4, 2018, to gather feedback from residents and key stakeholders on the idea of installing a community garden on the site of the current Nolte Local Park activity building. Notes from the meeting are available here.
Key points of the proposal include:
- Montgomery Parks' community garden program currently manages 11 community gardens throughout the county serving more than 500 residents. Demand is high, and each garden currently has a waitlist.
- Montgomery Parks is looking for opportunities to expand the program. All new gardens need to meet ADA (Americans with Disability Act) standards.
- Nolte Local Park activity building will be demolished in 2019, there are several factors that make the site ideal for a community garden: the current building foundation can be retained and serve as the infrastructure for the garden, there is an existing water supply line, accessible parking lot and the site receives adequate full sun for 6-8 hours per day.
- The proposed garden would only take the space of the current building - no trees, or other park features would be impacted.
- Plots would be raised beds, which are more accessible to those with disabilities, and easier to maintain.
- There would be approximately 10 to 16 garden plots.
- Garden plots would be 12 – 16 inch deep, to accomodate a variety of plants.
- Garden plot sizes would vary between 25 sq. ft. to 50 sq. ft.
- Plot fees would range from $25 - $35/year.
- Tool shed and hand tools wouldl be provided.
- Deer fence would be installed.
- Garden would have a combination lock and be accessible to only those in the program.
- Plans would include the installation of security cameras and lighting.
- Water would be provided through the water line that connects to WSSC.
- Potential idea to install a picnic bench inside, or outside the garden perimeter.
- Proposal is to provide garden plots to people who live within 1-2 miles of site.
- Methodology of granting plots not yet determined, possibly determined by lottery, etc.
Benefits to Residents include:
- First accessible garden in the county.
- Helps to address food security in the county.
- Provides gardening space for those with limited growing space.
- Ideal for populations with limited mobility.
- Aesthetically pleasing.
- All gardening levels welcome.
- Low maintenance.
- Low cost.
- Can grow multiple items.
- Residents have ability to graduate to larger plots at other locations (if desired).
Below are two examples of the style of garden beds proposed:
Comments on the proposal are being accepted on this forum until January, 31, 2019. All comments will be considered by Montgomery Parks staff.
For information on Montgomery Parks’ community garden program and locations of current gardens, visit
Contact: Michelle Nelson, Community Gardens Program Manager
301-258-4028 or 240-446-2886
The deadline for posting positions was 11:59 PM on January 31, 2019
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