project leader
Melissa R
1717 S. Pleasant Valley
(East Riverside)
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the project

Community gardens are a great place to learn not only about gardening with native and adapted plants but also to build relationships with your neighbors.  Mi Jardin Stop ID 5779 is a unique community garden space that the general public can access anytime.  Whether you’re waiting for the bus, riding by on your bike or simply walking by, the public is encouraged to explore the plants and help maintain them. We are collaborating with AIA Design Voice and Capital Metro to educate and support community members who are both new to and veteran community gardeners. 

the steps

1. Capital Metro will prepare the site for the community planting.

2. Invite the community to participate in the planting and to learn about native and adapted landscaping.

3. Raise $1500 for the plants and materials.

4. RSVP for the event here:


why we're doing it

Mi Jardin will be a transit oriented pedestrian plaza that will serve as an East Austin beacon and the design is meant to celebrate the past, present and future community residents and bus stop users.  The East Austin statistical data indicates the surrounding neighborhoods contain some of the highest densities of low-income residents in the city of Austin.  The demographics of the East Riverside neighborhood range from students to working adults, many of which are low-income. The primary age range of this particular area ranges from 20 to 40 year olds. Hispanic families, African-American families, immigrants, students, and young single adults make up the majority of those who reside within this community. The pedestrian hybrid beacon located at the bus stop is the highest used by pedestrians in the city of Austin. 



Disbursed Budget:

Same as the original budget and also included a few additional items for the Block party including a water tank, a few tools and water cans. 

RAISED = $1,655.00
less ioby Platform Fee  $35.00
less ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) $75.00
less ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $45.00

We estimate that the cost for this rain garden featuring native and adapted plants will be $1500.

SUBTOTAL = 1,500
ioby Platform Fee  $35
ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) $75
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $45



Our story on ioby's blog!

Thank you so much for your participation in our campaign and our project. Please check out and share this story to learn more about what you're helping to create in our neighborhood!





GOOOOOAAAAALLLLLLLL!!!!!!! With 24 days left $1655 has been raised friends, family and community members in Austin and across the nation. We could not have done this without you THANK YOU! Please spread the word for the May 14th Block Party and let's get our plant on!

Week Two - 76% of goal!

Hola amigos and amigas!  We are super excited to announce that we have reached 76% of our goal and this would not be possible without your generous donations!  With only 26 days left to raise $389 we are inching closer to the May 14th planting!



Week One - 39% of goal!!!!

We are fortunate to have 10 donors whose contributions have helped us reach 39% of our goal in the first week!  THANK YOU donors!!!


This is where photos will go once we build flickr integration


  • Sarah C.
  • Anonymous
  • Beth Neil
  • Huntsman Family
  • Michael, Jed, Dillon, Ian, Congo Kenya
  • Anonymous
  • Ellen Hunt
  • Patti Redd
  • Donatella
  • Kim H.
  • Kyle Wetzel -- Wetzel Engineering
  • Mindy C.
  • Jessica Kruger
  • Local Plant Source
  • Kristina Olivent with AIA Austin Design Voice
  • Anonymous
  • Maria & Andy Thibodaux
  • Kim G
  • Beau Frail
  • Libby Goodman
  • Melissa H.