Three Ring Gardens began as a seed planted by students at Gordon Parks High School two years ago. Supported by their faculty and community stakeholders, a vision has been created to transform 2.5 acres of vacant land into a community green space and urban agriculture program. This dynamic park stands to benefit over 800 low-income, new immigrant residents, the largest population of at-risk students in the Twin Cities and over 32,000 residents in the direct vicinity, including local businesses.
Located on University Ave and Griggs Street in St. Paul, Three Rings Gardens and its neighbors are surrounded by a major interstate, an arterial road, office buildings, and large parking lots. Regionally unique, this park will foster an education of food production, ecology, stormwater management, and alternative energy endeavors in the everyday lives of the students. For the larger community at large, it becomes a place for public art, pick-up games, outdoor performances, or a simple breath of fresh air. Upon completion, Three Ring Gardens will serve as the only truly public green space in over a half-mile radius.