The Maple Leaf Community Garden is located at 529 NE 103rd Street. The garden includes 22 P-Patch plots, extensive native plantings, and perennial beds and restful seating areas. It also features a straw bale tool shed, a labyrinth designed by Dan Niven, and beautiful wind sculptures donated by Andrew Carson and Shelly Corbett.
Volunteers from the neighborhood are helping to maintain the new garden and new volunteers are always welcome to lend a hand at quarterly work parties. Check the Maple Leaf newsletter and the calendar for the next work party schedule.
The Maple Leaf Community Council originally identified a number of vacant sites in the neighborhood for open space acquisition as part of a Parks Department planning process in the late 1980s. During the 1990s, Maple Leaf nominated the sites for acquisition during the city’s budget processes and in open space levies but none were acquired. Over the years, all the sites were developed except for this current garden site. A concerted effort to acquire the site began in 2000 and the successful acquisition was celebrated in late 2003. In late 2004 and early 2005, Barker Landscape Architects led a public planning process and developed concepts for developing the new open space. Construction drawings were developed in 2005 and approved by the Parks Department. Dariotis Construction Company began work in April 2006. Volunteers began work on the straw bale tool shed in May 2006 and continued to work at the site throughout 2006 and into 2007. The grand opening of the garden was held on April 28, 2007.
P-Patch plots are assigned through the City’s P-Patch program. To place your name on the waiting list for a P-Patch plot, contact Rich Macdonald, manager of the P-Patch program at 206-684-0264 or e-mail Rich at Rich.Macdonald@seattle.gov.