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Butler Park Community Garden Butler Park Community Gardens are home to Mother Hubbard's Cupboard youth gardening program.

Volunteer logo Grow closer to your food! Community Gardening offers a variety of gardening opportunities for individuals, families, groups and organizations. Services provided in the gardens include the initial preparation of the garden area, water sources, maintained paths, composting facilities, fencing, the advice of the garden supervisor (if requested), and the Garden Beet newsletter. Communal tools are available for use at scheduled times during the week. Gardeners with disabilities or other limitations will find gardening support, including wheelchair-accessible raised beds and access to adaptive tools. All gardens have plenty of conveniently located parking and are also accessible on Bloomington Transit bus routes.

Plots are available for use from mid-April through October 31. A limited number of plots and all the raised beds allow for year 'round use, with permission from gardening program staff.

Community Orchard Classes

Gardening Classes

Registration and Garden Plot Rental

Registering gardeners must complete the Program Registration Form (PDF 395.69 KB) and Gardening Contract, (PDF 337.76 KB) and all participating gardeners must read and sign the contract as well. The registration forms must be submitted in person at the Bloomington Parks and Recreation office, 401 N. Morton St. Suite 250 inside City Hall - Showers Building. The registering gardener will select from available plots on the maps at the Parks and Recreation office. New gardeners who want to rent more than one plot or a plot with year-round use must contact gardening program staff before registering.

For more information about the Community Gardening program, or about garden plot rental, contact Robin Kitowski at 812-349-3704 or e-mail

Willie Streeter Community Gardens

Located in Winslow Woods Park on South Highland Avenue near the YMCA, the Willie Streeter Community Gardens are Community Gardening's oldest and largest garden area. Since opening in 1984, the gardens have grown to include 178 garden plots and raised beds.

Wille Streeter Community Gardens plot map. (PDF 322.05 KB)

Butler Park Community Gardens

Located in Rev. Ernest D. Butler Park at the intersection of West Ninth and North Fairview Streets, the Butler Park Community Gardens enable gardeners to learn and practice the techniques of organic gardening iin rented plots. Now in its seventh season, the garden includes 38 in-ground plots in two sizes and a limited number of raised beds. This garden area also supports the Community Gardening program's partnership with Mother Hubbard's Cupboard, a local food resource center, by providing space for them to maintain a hoop house, continue a youth gardening program, and produce more food for those in need.

Butler Park Community Gardens plot map (PDF 342.51 KB)

Financial Aid Program

To ensure gardening opportunities are available to all members of the Bloomington community, financial assistance is available for those in need to help cover garden plot rental fees. For more information or to receive an application for garden plot rental assistance, (PDF 25.41 KB) contact Lesilyn Neely at 812-349-3702.

Plant a Row for the Hungry

To address local issues of community food security, Bloomington Parks and Recreation joins with Worm's Way, Hilltop Garden and Nature Center, Bloomingfoods Market and Deli, Mother Hubbard's Cupboard and Hoosier Hills Food Bank in encouraging gardeners to grow an extra row for a hungry family. In 2016, the campaign raised over 25,000 pounds of fresh produce,which was distributed through the Food Bank to community members in need. For more information on how to participate, call Robin Kitowski at 812-349-3704 or email


Volunteer logo Schedule a day, March-November

Grow closer to local food! Community Gardening grows both plants and community. Since 1984, the Parks and Recreation Department has offered community gardening opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds. A favorite venue of volunteer groups, the gardens benefit from a number of service projects throughout the year.
Duties: Volunteers assist the staff in maintaining paths, turning compost, weeding, and harvesting as well as creating and maintaining ornamental, wildlife, and demonstration plantings.
Program Time: Schedule your group for a three- to four-hour shift.
Training: Volunteers will be trained at the beginning of their shift.
Location: Willie Streeter or Butler Park Community Gardens
Age of Volunteers: 12 yrs. and up
Number of Volunteers: Groups of 5-25
Other: Print form (PDF 136.91 KB), have everyone sign, and bring to scheduled service project.