Drake Gardens

Contact Information: Doug Renkenberger at doug.drakegarden@gmail.com
Address: 4643-4645 N. Drake Street
Neighborhood/Community Area: Albany Park
Garden Established: 1997
Protected by NeighborSpace: 1997
Social Media/Website:
Facebook: Drake Gardens
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About the Garden: (from Drake Gardens on Facebook)
The creation of Drake Gardens has forged a bond among the ethnically diverse neighborhood residents, many of whom had never before met one another.
In the mid 1990s the wide expanse that today is Drake Gardens was a vacant lot on the site of a former synagogue that the surrounding neighbors didn’t quite know how to utilize for the benefit of all residents. Because the space is in the middle of a dense residential block a community garden seemed natural. Once the idea took root and NeighborSpace helped secure the land, the project developed quickly.A large sign welcomes visitors to Drake Gardens and also provides a history of the site along with a bulletin board used to post information about upcoming community events. The site is actually comprised of a number of micro gardens, each with its own unique plants and other features. Two three-piece angled screens in the center of the space provide support to climbing vines and a safe haven for nesting birds.

People have come together on this spot to enhance the spirit of community. NeighborSpace’s support has enabled us to maintain what has been built, plus provided a forum to exchange ideas and hopes.