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NKCDC Garden

The NKCDC Garden is a breath of fresh air on Frankford Avenue. 


1825 Frankford Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19125


The NKCDC Garden is located on the corner of Frankford Avenue and Berks Street in Fishtown.

Due to limited staff capacity, we cannot accept private event rental requests at this time. Stay tuned for updates later this summer.

Public events hosted by organizations with established protocols for Covid and the capacity to implement them are still welcome to use the NKCDC Garden space. Please reach out to discuss your event and reserve the date as far in advance as possible. We are not able to accommodate events without at least three weeks lead time.

Our regular rates are below. Discounts apply for nonprofit and community groups. Onsite bathrooms and water hookups are not available at this time. There is electricity.

• Nonprofit/CommunityGroup: $25/hour
• All others: $50/hour
• Damage Deposit (refundable): $200

To Reserve
Check availability at or 215-427-0350. Then complete the rental agreement below.

Rental Agreement

Public Events

The NKCDC Garden regularly hosts community events and markets featuring local artists, musicians, and vendors. 

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Garden History

In 1997, as part of NKCDC’s Open Space Management program, NKCDC transformed the southeast corner of Frankford Avenue and Berks Street from a trash-strewn lot into a plant-filled Garden Center. 

Designed by the Community Design Collaborative, NKCDC staff, and local residents, the Garden center was built in only six weeks by staff, local residents, staff from the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s Philadelphia Green program, and AmeriCorps members from the National Community and Conservation Corps. 

The Garden Center sparked the sustainability movement in Fishtown and the Riverwards and became a symbol of what communities can achieve through collective action. It was used for gardening supplies and environmental education until 2010, and is now an active event space.