In 2012, the City of Austin Art in Public Places Program commissioned local artists Lucy Begg and Robert Gay of Thoughtbarn to design and implement a community garden at the new North Austin Community Recreation Center. During the course of the project, the artists have worked extensively with the local community, through workshops and public events, to develop the design of the garden. They also established the Garden Leadership Group, now led by community volunteers, to develop a governing structure and bylaws, including membership rules and fees.

The goals of this public art project were created in partnership with the YMCA of Austin, the City of Austin Sustainable Urban Agriculture and Community Garden Program and the Sustainable Food Center. They include:

  • Integrating the perspective of an artist in the design and cultivation of a community garden.
  • Creating a gathering space maintained and enjoyed by diverse neighbors, which engenders stewardship and a shared sense of pride in community.
  • Producing a functioning and sustainable garden that yields fresh produce for the community.
  • Opening the artistic process to the community through  workshops and public events.
  • Reflecting on the concept of health for “mind, spirit, and body” through innovative expressions of visual art in a garden setting.

Upcoming Events at the Garden

Stay updated on garden news and events by signing up for the garden newsletter at and visiting the garden on Facebook at

Want to be a gardener?

If you are interested in becoming a gardener at the North Austin Community Garden, please register:

  • Call 512-973-9622
  • Sign up in person at the North Austin YMCA, 1000 W. Rundberg Ln.

North Austin Community Garden Site Plan - click the image to enlarge

North Austin Community Garden Site Plan, click to enlarge