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Located in Switchyard Park, Switchyard Park Community Gardens are the Community Gardening program's newest gardens. The gardens include 39 raised beds available for rent to the public.

The Community Gardening program 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 access, maintained paths, composting facilities, deer fencing, access to mulch, the advice of knowledgeable staff, and the Garden Beet newsletter. Communal tools are available for use at scheduled times during the week. Our three garden sites have plenty of conveniently located parking and are accessible by Bloomington Transit bus routes. Plots are available for use starting in mid-April. 

For more information about the community gardening program, or about renting a garden plot at Switchyard Park Community Gardens, contact Sarah Mullin at 812-349-3704 or

Registration and Garden Plot Rental

  • New gardeners and returning gardeners who wish to garden in an additional plot, or in plot(s) other than those rented in 2019 may register on a first-come, first-served basis starting on Feb. 19, 2020.

Registering gardeners must complete the Program Registration Form and 2020 Gardener Agreement, 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. 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 regarding the Community Gardening Program, call 812-349-3704 or email


Registration Code 2020 Plot Rental Fee Plot Description
165203-A $37/in-city, $44/non-city Organic Raised Bed
approx. 32 sq. ft.