Community Gardening

Grow food, build community.

Gardening is a easy way to live more sustainably and Five Rivers MetroParks Community Gardening Program is a great way to grow your own food – and new friendships.

The program has helped people transform vacant lots into productive community gardens since 1986. Community gardens are managed, maintained and owned by neighborhood residents and organizations. Community gardeners cultivate vegetable gardens, care for community-managed parks and beautify their neighborhoods with flowers and trees. The gardens provide many benefits: reduced crime rates, improved mental and physical health, and a greater sense of community.

More than 50 community gardens are managed, maintained and owned by local neighborhood residents and organizations throughout the Dayton region. Five Rivers MetroParks provides many forms of ongoing support to these groups, including soil amendments and tilling, training and consulting, seeds and plants, educational materials and workshops and lots of encouragement. See below for a map of existing community gardens:

Program Support

We provide many forms of ongoing support to groups who want to start a community garden. It also provides landscape design, land acquisition assistance, leadership development, community organization, soil amendments and tilling, soil fertility management, community building events, training and consulting, construction oversight, seeds and plants, educational materials and workshops, and lots of encouragement.


We are always looking for people to join existing community gardens or start new ones. If you would like to get involved in your neighborhood, call (937) 276-7053. View a map of the community gardens in Dayton. Want to rent a garden plot at Wegerzyn Gardens or Possum Creek MetroParks? Learn more about the process on our Garden Plot Rental page.


You can help us grow too! We always have needs for individuals and groups to support the gardens, events and programs. There are lots of different ways you could be helpful! If you are interested in volunteering, contact the Wegerzyn Gardens MetroPark volunteer manager at (937) 276-7055.

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