Oak Lawn Community Garden Partnership

First Community Volunteer Build Day a major success!

On Saturday, June 4th the Oak Lawn Community Garden held the first all-volunteer build day and completed all targeted build goals. Approximately 30 volunteers constructed and compost/top soil filled: 17 Allotment Garden Beds (5’ x 10’ raised), 10 Pantry Garden Beds and 6 ADA accessible beds.

The ½ acre enclosed garden located at 104th Cook Avenue (Old McGugan Middle School, north lot) is a community partnership between Oak Lawn – Hometown School District 123, the Oak Lawn Park District and the Village of Oak Lawn. This is a community-wide initiative that will not only provide a gardening outlet for many residents but also provide much needed supplements of fresh fruit and vegetables for our local food pantries that support many needy families in our community. The outgrowth potential is significant and initial plans include school curriculum enhancement, senior citizen engagement and veteran outreach programming.

Special thanks go out to the Richards High School football team– led by head coach Tony Sheehan—who provided most of the work effort and muscle to transport more than 25 cubic yards of compost/top soil to the beds. Boy scouts, University of Illinois extension, Oak Lawn Green Team, neighbors and allotment gardeners joined Park District and D123 representatives in constructing and back filling the beds.

Allotment gardeners have already started planting their personal beds and volunteers will be planting the Pantry Garden and some of the ADA beds on Saturday, June 11th. All are welcome to participate. For more information and to rent an allotment bed, please contact Dolly Foster at dfoster@olparks.com or at (708) 857-2201.