Neighborhood Gardens

Stevens Point Area Neighborhood Gardens (SPANG)

Where are the neighborhood gardens?

We have two locations: Franklin St. and Cornell Ave. & Whitney St (see map). 

How can I rent a plot?

See PDFs below for registration and other information, or stop into the office or call to get a form!

About our neighborhood gardens

Gardens are established on vacant City lots. Plots are rented to residents for a small annual fee, with preference given to those living in the immediate neighborhood. Franklin Street and Cornell & Whitney offer 4’ x 12’ raised beds ($12.00) with a limit of 2 per gardener.  Gardeners can expect to start planting on these “ready to go” sites by May 1st, weather permitting. 

Plot fees help pay for the expense of establishing, managing, and refurbishing the gardens. Gardens have a composting area, water barrels, and a perimeter fence.  Mowing and seasonal upkeep is done cooperatively by Site Captains and the gardners.

Map generated by: Golden Sands RC&D Council’s Land Use Planning Intern, Megan Hogfeldt.  Data provided by: Dr. Aaron Thompson, UW-Stevens Point.


Places to garden and gather

Volunteer Site Captains or Golden Sands RC&D staff help organize events, provide advice, and assist with any questions.  Experienced gardeners mentor new gardeners.  Group activities are encouraged, such as a harvest festival and clean-up at the end of the season.

Growing through partnerships 

The Stevens Point Area Neighborhood Gardens (SPANG) project started in December 2007 with a small group of motivated citizens from the City of Stevens Point, Golden Sands Resource Conservation & Development (RC&D), University of Wisconsin Stevens Point Sustainable Agriculture in Communities Society (SACS), Interfaith Community for the Earth (ICE), and Portage County Master Gardeners.   Golden Sands RC&D is the catalyst that gets these gardens started.  After that, the gardeners and volunteers provide the fuel to help keep them going! 

In 2015, Jai and Kendra Schiefelbein donated and installed new garden beds to the Franklin Street site, and Lowe's and Shopko provided donations to assist with garden path updates. We greatly appreciate their support of our neighborhood gardens! 

We need you!

Our Cornell/Whitney garden site is in need of similar refurbishing as the Franklin Street garden site.  Students at SPASH will do the labor if YOU can help provide the lumber!  

Click the DONATE button above to help make a difference!

For more information about registration, garden rules, garden waiver, or general knowledge on the Neighborhood Gardens download the files below. 

Any questions? Contact Golden Sands RC&D at: (715) 343-6215 or

Golden Sands RCD,
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Golden Sands RCD,
Apr 15, 2016, 9:19 AM
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Apr 15, 2016, 9:19 AM