Gardens & Open Spaces

Bowmanville is home to wonderful open spaces and community gardens. This all began with a group of dedicated neighbors with vision, grit and determination. Over the years, the City of Chicago has been instrumental in supporting our efforts. The community has benefited from these strategic partnerships; former Alderman Patrick O’Connor, Openlands, NeighborSpace, Friends of the Parks and previously GreenCorps and GreenNet. The BCO and Bowmanville neighbors are grateful to each of these organizations for their support to realize our plans.

Each of these spaces were created over the years on the initiative of active community members as part of an effort to make Bowmanville one of the greenest, most livable communities in Chicago. Residents are proud of their efforts and partnerships with other organizations to bring life to these spaces. Our visible and enduring commitment to creating a sustainable and green urban environment has been recognized across the city. Over the years, the BCO and Bowmanville neighbors have received gardening awards, grants, media spotlights and support for expansion opportunities. Neighbor stewardship of the community gardens in Bowmanville continues, as all of our gardens are maintained through volunteer effort. In 2017, the BCO pursued an opportunity to expand and improve one of our gardens, the Gateway Garden.

One of the current highlights of our community gardens is the vibrant vegetable gardening that bring neighbors together in cultivating fresh food options for their families. Veggie plots in the Bowmanville and Gateway Gardens become available annually.

Please check our Events Calendar, where gardening related events and work dates will be posted.

Calendar of Events

Volunteers Needed!

The BCO Gardening Committee organizes volunteers to maintain our three community gardens. To volunteer, please email:

Email the Garden Committee

Bowmanville’s Gardens

Read more about the history and use of each open space in Bowmanville.

Gateway Garden

Bowmanville Community Garden

BCO GreenSpace

Westgate Garden

Bowmanville’s Gardening

The Gateway Garden and Bowmanville Garden are available to gardeners. Learn more by visiting the Bowmanville Gardening page.

Bowmanville Gardening

Bowmanville’s Gardens In The News

Press featuring Bowmanville Gardens and Open Spaces

Bowmanville and its green spaces have been featured in several publications, and our green efforts have received several awards over their years. Some highlights are included below.

Mar/Apr 2010 Chicagoland Gardening Magazine

March/April 2010 Chicagoland Gardening Magazine features Bowmanville in “Old Sites, New Gardens” article by Christopher Weber

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Sep/Oct 2009 Chicagoland Gardening Magazine

Check out the feature article about Bowmanville “Cucumbers and Cannas,” a Chicagoland Gardening Magazine article from September/October 2009.

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2009 Landscape Awards Program

Bowmanville Community Garden wins 1st place in Mayor Daley’s 2009 Landscape Awards program Region 2 !

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