The building of the East Commons Community Garden at Allegheny Commons Park kicked off without a hitch thanks to our volunteers and community partners

Committee of East Allegheny Council – East Commons Community Garden at Allegheny Commons Park

Date grant awarded: September 25, 2019

The mission of the East Commons Community Garden at Allegheny Commons Park (ECCGACP) is to provide accessible gardening opportunities to socially and economically diverse Northside, North Shore and other City of Pittsburgh residents, businesses, and organizational contributors, while returning a chronically underused parcel to an appealing and active use.

Located at 240 Stockton Avenue in Pittsburgh’s historic Northside, the East Commons Community Garden at Allegheny Commons Park aims to increase community health and access to fresh, health foods; strengthen community relations; increase ecological sustainability; and exercise thoughtful community development practices. Hoping to restore an abandoned lot to a vibrant gathering space where community members can build and strengthen relationship, the Community Garden was a grassroots vision sponsored by the East Allegheny Council. The results of a neighborhood interest survey for the community garden indicate that 90% of respondents either agreed or strongly agreed with reuse of the tennis courts as community garden.

We are thrilled to report that the Community Garden committee broke ground in June of 2019, and have successfully built 17 raised garden beds for allotment and communal growing. With support from The Pollination Project and Grow Pittsburgh as a selected New Garden Support candidate, the East Commons Community Garden at Allegheny Commons Park will continue to grow over the next 2-years as we build an additional 19 beds to serve a greater number of community partners.