The 6th Ward Garden Park is a collaborative effort among the City of Helena (Parks and Recreation Department) , Helena Food Share, Helena Community Gardens, the Lewis and Clark Public Health Department, and community residents. The mission of the 6th Ward Garden Park is to “Grow a Park that connects People, Food, and Nature” and ever since the development of a Conceptual Park Plan in 2013, we have been very busy growing the 6th Ward Garden Park! Beginning in earnest in 2014, we have accomplished much, including: developing planting and implementation plans, installing fencing, sidewalk, irrigation, laying 12,000 square feet of sheet-mulch to build fertility in Park soils, building and gardening in raised beds, installing walking paths, a berm, two bioswales to manage storm water, a playground, a shed, and since 2016 have planted 180 different plant species. None of this would have been possible without the amazing Garden Park coalition and the numerous volunteers and hundreds of hours of help. Following our mission statement, the Garden Park is all about connections.
6th Ward and all of Helena, including visitors.
The 6th Ward Garden Park is a community asset and a demonstration and experiment in how City Parks can be more than shade trees and lawn. The Garden Park showcases a permaculture and biomimetic approach to a Park and to our home gardens. We offer tours to local, state, and even national groups and have been recognized as a leader in collaboration – City, Food Share, Community Gardens, Public Health, and the local community.
The 6th Ward Garden Park is run by the City Parks and Recreation Dept. in collaboration with the 6WGP Advisory Council and many, many volunteers. We are raising funds to replace and expand the variety of plants in the Garden Park, trying a few new varieties to see how they fare as well as planting a ‘pollinator patch” near the community gardens this year. We are also planning a volunteer and donor recognition wall (on the shed) and public service days with local schools.
In addition to AFCN, we participate in Helena Gives, ask supporters to donate (we have donate button on our website too) and write grants.
Replacement plants and new varieties and species to expand the garden; Art supplies for the local schools’ Public Service Days in May.