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Page last updated on February 9, 2022 at 11:41 am

About Switchyard Park Community Garden

Located on the north side of Switchyard Park, and accessible via the B-Line Trail and the Switchyard Park parking lot on West Grimes Lane, Switchyard Park Community Garden is a place for members of the public to try their hands at organic gardening in rented raised beds. Garden tools, other amenities, and education opportunities are available to gardeners as well.

Plots are available for use starting in mid-April. 


Hours of Operation

Dawn to dusk, April through October.


Registration and Garden Plot Rental

IMPORTANT UPDATE: Returning gardener registration was scheduled to begin Monday, Feb. 14. However, due to a technical issue with the software used for garden plot rental registration, the returning gardener registration will being instead on Tuesday, Feb. 22. New gardener registration is scheduled to begin as early as March 9, barring any other technical difficulties. 

Gardeners who rented plots in 2021 can rent new plots beginning February 22. New gardener registration begins as early as March 9. Garden plots are available to rent throughout the season or until all plots are rented.

For registration updates and email reminders, click here and send your contact information to the Community Gardening program coordinator to be added to the list.


Financial Assistance

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, call the Parks and Recreation office at 812-349-3700.

Registration Code 2021 Plot Rental Fee Plot Description
165203-A $40/in-city, $47/non-city Organic Raised Bed
approx. 24-32 sq. ft.


See Community Gardening main page for full details.

Sponsorships and Donations

The Community Gardening program benefits from generous donations from corporations, businesses, groups and individuals in the form of seeds, plants, tools, soil amendments and other supplies, which allow us to keep our gardening opportunities affordable to all. There are a number of opportunities to become a donor to or sponsor of the Community Gardening program. Sponsorships or donations are accepted throughout the year. For more information about making a sponsorship or donation to the City's community gardens, contact Sarah Mullin at 812.349.3704 or email