City of Kitchener reopens community gardens

Posted On Monday May 04, 2020

KITCHENER –   Following the Province of Ontario’s decision to reopen community gardens as essential service, the City of Kitchener has reopened 14 community gardens located on city-land. The City, along with area municipalities, have taken a coordinated approach to reopening community gardens across the region, working together with The Community Garden Council and in consultation with the Waterloo Region Public Health Office to ensure a safe transition back to operating these valued spaces.  

“Community gardens play a very important role in our community as an essential source of food security and as a source of community pride and volunteerism,” said Kitchener Mayor Berry Vrbanovic. “In Kitchener, we have 35 community gardens run by volunteer garden coordinators. Staff have worked closely with these key partners as well as the Region of Waterloo Public Health, to reopen gardens in a manner that will ensure safe and successful operations in what continues to be a challenging time for our community.” ?

Community gardens will resume operations in a measured way, with access only permitted to community garden volunteers with assigned plots. To ensure their safety while onsite, volunteers must adhere to series of guidelines developed by the Regional Public Health officials, requiring volunteers to practice physical distancing, avoid sharing equipment like tools and gloves, and stay home if they are ill or have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for Covid-19.

Given the unprecedented circumstances of this gardening season, some amenities and services, such as water hook-ups and the delivery of mulch, may be impacted at this time. To support community volunteers with navigating safety guidelines and procedures involved in the preparation and maintenance of community gardens, the City has assigned a staff person to each volunteer group to serve as a single point of contact to provide guidance and assistance as needed.

“We are fortunate to have a dedicated network of volunteers whose full support is behind us in re-opening these shared community spaces,” said Councillor Paul Singh. “Even in these challenging times, Kitchener volunteers are demonstrating their commitment and willingness to give back to our community in a meaningful way.”

For more information on Kitchener’s community gardens visit, www.lovemyhood.ca/communitygardens

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For more information:
Shawn Falcao
Manager, Corporate Communications and Marketing
shawn.falcao@kitchener.ca

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