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A new community garden has opened in Port Coquitlam and plots are expected to fill up fast

It may be cold and rainy but it will soon be gardening season. In Port Coquitlam, the city is offering 16 plots at its newest community garden.
It will soon be planting season in the Tri-Cities. Local community gardeners are getting ready for a bumper crop.

Apartment dwellers in Port Coquitlam's downtown now have a new place to plant seeds for harvest.

This week the city announced it is accepting applicants for its newest garden located at the Port Coquitlam Community Centre (PCCC).

There are only 16 plots however, so they are expected to be quickly snapped up by avid green thumbs in the area.

However, everyone that applies gets a chance at a spot because spots will be allocated at random by city staff among those who apply, and those who don't get in will be put on a waiting list.

Residents must apply for a spot online by March 31 at

The advantage of these garden plots is that they are in raised beds, saving the backs of gardeners.

They are easily accessed via the new Terry Fox Hometown Square.

There are currently three community gardens operating in Port Coquitlam, one that is operated via a lease from Metro Vancouver (Colony Farm), and two that are operated on leased city land at Elks Park and Central Park.

As a food security and neighbourhood-building initiative, community gardens have been getting a boost throughout the Tri-Cities.

Recently, the City of Port Moody permitted a 60-plot community garden at Art Wilkinson Park.

The City of Coquitlam, meanwhile, operates community gardens at its Inspiration Garden in Town Centre Park, Scott Creek and Burke Mountain Piioneer Park.