City of Waterloo reopens community gardens

Posted On Monday May 04, 2020

Following the Province of Ontario’s decision to reopen community gardens as essential service, the City of Waterloo has reopened all 73 plots in five community gardens on city-owned land. The city, along with area municipalities, has taken a coordinated approach to reopening community gardens, 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 have long been an important resource in our city and I am pleased that the advocacy, led in part by municipalities helped inspire the decision to allow these to go forward. I thank the province for their leadership,” says Mayor Dave Jaworsky. “Waterloo has a strong tradition of community gardens and I thank the residents and city staff for the work now underway to establish a sixth site.”

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 guidelines developed by 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 one central email –, to serve as a single point of contact to provide guidance and assistance as needed.

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