Note: This is an envisioning of the possibilities and potential of Roosevelt Park, NOT a real project currently in development. The goal is spark ideas and community conversations around how to improve areas and spaces in our city. If the project moves into any form of development, community outreach and meetings will take place to gather input.
The Roosevelt Park on 3rd Avenue is a place that is often forgotten about. Overshadowed by the nearby Margaret T. Hance Park, Roosevelt Park rarely sees any visitors beyond the local homeless, and has recently had some reported crimes.
In response to the park’s current state, a few neighborhood members have started to imagine a different future for the park. By possibly bringing elements of the vision to life in the future, they hope that the whole community will be able to actively deter crime in the park and restore it to a place of activity and leisure for neighborhood members.
The envisioned activation for the Roosevelt Park is to transform the north half of the park into a community garden. The garden could serve Roosevelt neighbors and could be set up as a non-profit organization. Community members could pay annual dues based on the size of planter box purchased and the amount.
The garden could also feature monthly demonstrations from experienced farmers, gardeners, etc. allowing garden members to further their knowledge of gardening and increase their own success. There could also be monthly work days where community members can come and help maintain the garden and socialize with others. Beyond the usual gardening activities, many other events could be hosted in the garden, such as community dinners, movie nights, food giveaways, etc.
What do you think about taking a portion of the park and creating an active community garden?
3rd Avenue and Roosevelt
Matt Seaman, Cole Van Norman, Adam Mann, and Ryan Tempest