One of the first beds to be planted has a swale on contour (to capture rainwater) and a trellis for beans to grow on and kids to hide in.

Ecologically designed plantings, walkways, and recreation for the community

This project is transforming a small park into a more varied and useful forest garden. Previously, this park had little more to offer than an expanse of turf with shade trees at its edges. By adding ecologically designed plantings, walkways, and recreation features, the park will be a more enjoyable community asset, with:

  • low-maintenance and sustainable design
  • family-friendly opportunities to connect with nature
  • a way to learn about permaculture and native gardening
  • a beautiful place to play, walk, sit, and interact


The work is being done by volunteers from the neighborhood.  They come in all ages.  (See below)

Photo by Shivali Shah

If you’d like to contribute, here are some ways:

  • Let us know if you want to help.  When Covid-19 allows, we will have community work days, but for now, people are volunteering time and materials on a more ad hoc basis.  Fill out our contact form to let us know you want to help, and someone will get in touch with you. 
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  • Donate plants or materials. Fill out our contact form to let us know what you are offering, and we will tell you if it can fit into the existing plans.  Or pay attention to announcements on the blog or on the Mount Rainier List Serve where we will let you know what the park needs.

Support for this project has come from Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission, the City of Mount Rainier, the Mount Rainier Tree Commission, the Mount Rainier Green Team, and Maryland Urban and Community Forest Committee.