The Kingman Park-Rosedale Community Garden (“KPR Garden”) was founded in the Spring of 2005 to provide Kingman Park and Rosedale residents with a space for growing food and connecting with neighbors. Though neighbors had gardened there through the 1990’s, the property had become overgrown with weeds and filled with garbage such as abandoned cars and liquor bottles for years. Today it is filled with produce, flowers, and community. The Rosedale Citizens’ Alliance was able to purchase the Garden property in 2014 through a tax sale process at a significant discount. The District worked with RCA and Garden members to forgive tens of thousands of dollars in back taxes that the previous owner had failed to pay. In 2015, RCA transferred the Garden to the Friends of Kingman Park, the civic association that represents the neighborhood, and a lease between the Garden and FOKP will be executed soon to ensure the Garden remains a public greenspace for a long time.
The Garden now consists of over ninety gardeners in 43 plots that are rented by Garden Members, three public plots with produce and flowers for non-member residents, and 14 fruit and decorative trees. One member plot is set aside for the 3-5 year old students of nearby Apple Tree Early Learning PCS. Over 20% of our plots are used by those under financial stresses, and therefore those members pay reduced or no dues. A $1000 grant from the Awesome Foundation provided these dues for the 2014-2015 growing seasons..
The Kingman Park/Rosedale Garden (“KPR Garden”) is fiscally sponsored by the Rosedale Citizens Alliance, a 501(c)(3) non-profit. Early grants from the Capitol Hill Community Foundation and Washington Parks and People were essential to the Garden’s creation. The Capitol Hill Community Foundation has continued to be a vital supporter of the Garden, contributing $12,500 over the years.