Oak Park Art Garden

Community food forest, park, public art space, and gathering place

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A 1/3-acre community food forest, park, and public art space located at the intersection of 14th Ave and MLK Jr. Blvd in the Oak Park neighborhood of Sacramento, California.

The Oak Park Art Garden, located at 3834 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Sacramento, CA, was originally created utilizing a land lease agreement (with an option to purchase) to gain access to the site and has existed under private ownership.

The Art Garden has been cultivated and designed through intensive community input and volunteer work, as well as contributions from local organizations such as The Sacramento Kings Foundation, Green Acres Nursery, the California Native Plant Society, and Sacramento Natural Foods Co-Op. In its present condition, the Oak Park Art Garden includes Sacramento’s first public fruit orchard, a native plant garden, and community-created public art.

Thanks to the financial support of the SMUD Shine program, the Oak Park Art Garden will soon be home to “The Friendliest Bus Stop in Town”. Built entirely on Art Garden property, this project will provide seating, a shade structure, little free pantry and library, bike dock, bike repair station, and a solar-powered kiosk which provides phone-charging, WiFi hotspot, and illumination at night.

 Alchemist CDC is honored to receive a Statewide Park Program (SPP), Round 4 grant of $694,295 from the California Department of Parks and Recreation. The SPP grant will enable Alchemist CDC to purchase the Oak Park Art Garden property and renovate and build upon the existing Oak Park Art Garden. The work will include adding a pollinator garden, ADA-compliant pathways, edible and native shrubs, more site furnishings (such as benches), a paved patio with shade structure for community events, a wood fence and gate, an artistic gateway entry, solar light poles, and 2 shipping containers for secure storage with murals on the side. The grant will also fund connections to the city’s water and sewer lines to add a unisex bathroom for events, drinking fountain, spigot, and smart irrigation system. Find our press release at this link.

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