Parks and Rec

Parks ‘Plants Seed’ for Sweetwater Community Garden

The Board of Supervisors approved $615,000 on Wednesday to plan, design and build a community garden at Sweetwater Regional Park. This project will provide between 150 to 200 rentable garden plots to members of the public to grow fruits, vegetables and ornamental plants.

“Community gardens are a highly desired amenity throughout the county,” said Parks and Recreation Director Brian Albright. “They provide space for residents to work the land and cultivate their own plants, including healthy fruits and vegetables.”

The next step for Parks is to select a location within the 500-acre park for the garden, prepare designs and an environmental impact analysis. The department will return to the Board of Supervisors for final project approval and consent to advertise and award a construction contract with plans to open the garden in 2018.

The proposed community garden would be the fourth County park with a community garden. Los Penasquitos Canyon County Preserve, Rancho Guajome Adobe and the Tijuana River Valley Regional Park have community gardens.

Michelle Mowad is a communications specialist with the County of San Diego Communications Office. Contact