Geneva Community Garden COF Project

Geneva Garden Conceptual Design


Geneva Ave Strip is located in District 11 at Geneva and Delano Avenues. This 10,427sf undeveloped site contains a few fruit and evergreen trees, and was overgrown with invasive ivy and pampas grass. This narrow site is on a hillside with 20’ of grade difference.

Initiated and driven by community interest in 2009, Supervisor Avalos secured $30,000 for the planning of a new community garden. In April and June 2010, the Recreation and Park Department mailed out public notices and presented concept plans at the District 11 Council monthly meetings. The new garden will include the following features:

• Primary entrance along Delano Ave
• Garden plots (including wheelchair-accessible plots) to accommodate over 80 new community gardeners
• Accessible area of common amenities, including tool shed and compost bins
• Wrought-iron, perimeter fencing along the sidewalk
• Perimeter plantings, including new fruit trees
• Gathering space at the west end of the site

Once completed, this garden will be integrated with Rec and Park’s Community Gardens Program.  View COF application by clicking here.

Geneva Community Garden Posted Notice

Environmental Remediation

The Environmental Report for the Geneva Avenue Parcel dated 2010 found that the near-surface soil contains high concentrations of lead. Recommendations were to cover or cap the near-surface soil with at least 12 inches of soil and organics. In addition, the garden plots should be elevated with import soil or loam used in the garden.

In early 2013, additional soils sampling was done at 12” and 18” depths per Supervisor Avalos’ inquiry on the use of the western portion of the parcel  for farming since the 2008 COF awarded funds could only construct the Community Garden in the eastern portion of the parcel. The project team has reviewed, with the Consultant soils engineer and the City‘s Site Assessment and Remediation, the requirements to allow use of the western portion of the lot for farming.

Environmental remediation on site is being completed by a contractor beginning in early 2015 and managed by the Department of Public Works’ Site Assessment and Remediation group. Contracting the work in this way allows us to clean up the site while finalizing construction documents to advertise for the construction of the garden.


The project was initially phased to allow us to complete and open approximately half of the garden in the absence of funding for the full project.  However, due to a large state grant, we are now pursuing the construction of a garden to cover the entire site.


Funding comes from the 2008 Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond Community Opportunity Fund ($387,534),and contributions totaling $55,000 from Supervisor Avalos’ Office.  More recently the project was awarded $900,000 from the State of California Department of Housing and Community Development in the form of two Housing Related Park Program grants.


Geneva Community Garden Still in Progress

Thank you for your patience as the creation of a community garden at Geneva Ave and Delano has taken longer than anticipated. Environmental remediation was lengthier and more expensive than expected but has been completed. To supplement original funding, Rec and Park pursued and secured additional grant funding of $900,000 from two state Housing Related Parks … Continue reading

Geneva Community Garden Construction Contract Advertised to Contractors

The Geneva Community Garden project was advertised to contractors earlier this month. A pre-bid conference was held on site and bids are due on May 10. Interested contractors can find the advertisement here: Following bid due date, we will work to review bids and award contract as soon as possible … Continue reading

Final Bid Package Prep Underway for Geneva Community Garden Project

We are in the final stages of preparing to advertise the Geneva Community Garden construction project to contractors. Thank you for your patience as we were recently dealing with extended leave of a couple of our project team members. We are also in the process of coordinating with other City agencies … Continue reading

Geneva Community Garden Construction Coming in 2016!

Thanks to project supporters and neighbors for your patience. We anticipate advertising the Geneva Community Garden construction project to contractors in February 2016 and starting construction by summer 2016 for completion and opening before the end of the year. Project delay is due mostly to tight funding, which has had … Continue reading

Update on Progress for Future Geneva Community Garden

Environmental remediation at the site has been completed.  Rec and Park was awarded a second Housing Related Parks Grant this year, which is a tremendous help since environmental remediation costs were higher than anticipated. Target schedule is as follows: Advertise to contractors: fall 2015 Begin construction: winter 2016 Open garden: late … Continue reading

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