NeighborSpace Year in Review: Merchant Park

What makes your block into a neighborhood?

For many residents of the Irving Park neighborhood, it’s Merchant Park Community Garden.


Merchant Park is a model of community organization spirit. The gardeners strive to provide an opportunity for neighbors and their children to work, play, learn and grow together, and aims to benefit the community at large through outreach efforts such as donations to local food pantries. Through a vibrant blog and facebook page, the garden leaders have been able to connect community members and draw resources to the garden.

Just this year, Merchant Park Community Garden has become part of NeighborSpace, ensuring that this land will serve as a community oasis for generations to come.

As we draw towards the end of 2012, we hope that you will consider donating to NeighborSpace. Every dollar allows us to support the efforts of community garden organizers and help more blocks feel like neighborhoods.