Looking for something special to do? Spend the day exploring Springwater's history and heritage sites, go fishing, join a fitness class or visit the library. You can also check out our community calendar for upcoming special events, festivals and activities.
|A community garden is a collective space where people can gather together to grow fruits, vegetables and/or flowers.
The most successful community gardens are designed with the input of the community, to ensure that the garden meets the specific demand and needs of the community. Springwater Township is currently conducting a survey to gather and gauge the interest for the implementation of a Community Garden Project and Policy.
There are several kinds of community gardens - they can consist of collective/communal plots, allotment plots, or a combination of the two.
Features of Collective/Communal Plots
These plots are collectively tended to – a community group or group of volunteers is organized to take care of all elements of the garden. The produce from the garden often goes back to the group and/or to the local food bank.
Features of Allotment Plots
In allotment plots, the garden is divided into smaller plots that are then allocated to individuals to take care of. They can be rented out to members of the community, given to individuals, including food bank recipients, or allocated to community groups. Each person is responsible for the maintenance and growing of their individual plot and often keep the produce that is grown on their plot.
This type of Community Garden will have allotment plots and communal plots available. A portion of the garden could be reserved for growing supplemental fresh herbs and vegetables for the food bank or other local initiatives.
Benefits of a Community Garden
Community Gardens have many benefits for a community, including providing fresh produce to compliment your household needs and increase your ability to offer fresh, healthy, low-cost food that can substitute weekly grocery expenses. It can also benefit the local food banks with fresh produce for food hampers and baskets.
Additional benefits include:
Please take a moment to fill out the survey to help staff determine the viability and objective of a Community Garden.
We publish two seasonal recreation guides each year, filled with fitness classes, camps, recreation programs and special events. You can pick up a hard copy of your guide at the Township Administration Centre, Elmvale Arena or any Springwater Public Library branch.
|Springwater is fortunate to have many passionate and dedicated volunteers. Join your local community group by volunteering for an event, running an outdoor rink, or organizing a sports league.|
Three primary master plans lead the Township's recreation, parks and culture: