Geneva Community Garden COF Project

Genevagardenplan

background

Geneva Ave Strip is an undeveloped open space located in District 11 at Geneva and Delano Avenues. Formerly, this 10,427sf site contained a few fruit and evergreen trees, and was overgrown with invasive ivy and pampas grass. The site is narrow and steep with a lot of potential to be developed into a productive, useful space for community members.

This is a community-driven project that received a 2008 Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond Community Opportunity Fund (COF) Grant for $387,534 (View COF application by clicking here), with additional contributions totaling $55,00 from Supervisor Avalos.  Because of rising construction costs and the fact that the site remediation was more extensive- and expensive- than anticipated, Rec and Park secured two additional grants totaling $900,000 from the State of California Department of Housing and Community Development to support the project.

The new garden will include the following features:

• Perimeter walls, fencing and gates
• Primary entrance along Delano Avenue
• Raised garden boxes with space for over 50 community garden assignments
• Accessible area of common amenities
• Additional landscaped areas

Once completed, this garden will be integrated with Rec and Park’s Community Gardens Program.

site status

The Environmental Report for the Geneva Avenue Parcel (2010) found that the near-surface soil contained high concentrations of lead.  Environmental remediation on site has been completed by a contractor, so the site is now food-safe and ready for a community garden!
The garden plan has been simplified and re-advertised to contractors as of Fall 2016.  We anticipate having a contractor by January 2017 and the project being completed by Summer 2017.

Construction Progress and Timeline for Geneva Community Garden

The contractor is making progress at Geneva Community Garden.  Due to rainier weather than usual and unforeseen property line coordination issues, we are now anticipating project completion and garden opening in late summer.  Thanks to our many adjacent neighbors for your cooperation and partnership and thanks to those waiting to … Continue reading

Groundbreaking Celebration Feb 9 for Geneva Community Garden

Join us from 4-5 pm on Thursday, February 9 for a Groundbreaking Celebration for Geneva Community Garden (at 545 Geneva Ave, at the intersection of Geneva and Delano).  See invitation below. Our contractor is on board and ready to go.  Clock on construction duration starts officially on Monday, January 30. … Continue reading

Construction Contract Award for Geneva Community Garden Approved by Rec and Park Commission

On December 15, 2016, the Rec and Park Commission approved award of construction contract to GECMS / Giron Construction for the Geneva Community Garden Project.  We are excited to have passed this benchmark and anticipate that the contractor will start work in January 2017.  Thank you for your patience and … Continue reading

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