Grow, Cook & Eat Together
In August 2012, the Park Avenue Community Oven (PACO) opened in Leighton Dillman Park. Designed and built by Eco-Developments, the project was an initiative of the Dartmouth Common Community Gardens and a group of committed citizens.
Vision for the Oven
The Park Avenue Community Oven will provide an inclusive venue for community gatherings and events centered on food education and enjoyment.
Our objectives include:
- The maintenance and continuous improvement of the Park Oven, Garden, and Orchard
- Hosting events for community members
- Sharing resources and knowledge, working together for the common good
- Increasing accessibility to fruits and vegetables
Siting of the Oven
Much consideration was given to siting the structure. Below are some of the elements discussed while choosing the current site for the oven:
- Proximity to community gardens – opportunity to extend education about growing food to cooking food.
- Connection to the Dartmouth Commons Community Gardens group – established organized group of individuals able to oversee, develop and maintain community oven.
- Proximity to water spigot
- Flat grade – decreases construction cots and allows for people to easily gather and sit around the oven
- Orientation – away from prevailing winds off the harbor; face the Park Avenue gate so that people will see it and feel welcomed
- Accessibility – close to gate, along path and on flat ground enables easy access to the site for people with mobility issues.
- Connection with the history of citizen activism in creating public spaces in Leighton Dillman Park
- Partnership with HRM Parks – support for monitoring and maintaining the site