Join us at the free garden tool swap

Spring is on its way. To celebrate many of us are turning towards our home and our green spaces. When cleaning out your storage, hang on to unused yard tools and gardening items.  

Minneapolis Solid Waste & Recycling and community partners are gearing up for the fourth annual citywide swap event of garden tools and plant related equipment.

From first time gardeners to those with green thumbs, all are welcome at this free event.

What to know

  • All items are intended to be given and taken freely. Garden tools and equipment are not for sale.
  • You do not need to bring items to participate. 
  • You can drop-off your usable garden swap items and leave. You do not need to stay on site for the entire event.
  • Our office will work to get unclaimed items to community gardens or distributed through local exchange groups after the event is over.
  • Please be respectful of your neighbors. Take only what you need so everyone can participate.

Event details

Garden tool swap



Saturday, May 11, 2024

Time of event

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (noon)



See event locations

Event locations

  • Armatage Park
    • 2500 57th St W, Minneapolis, MN 55410
  • Folwell Park
    • 1615 Dowling Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55412
  • Harrison Park
    • 503 Irving Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55405
  • Martin Luther King Jr Park
    • 4055 Nicollet Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55409
  • Lake Hiawatha (next to the rec center on the west side of the lake)
    • 2701 44th St E, Minneapolis, MN 55406
  • Logan Park
    • 690 13th Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413
  • Longfellow Park
    • 3435 36th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55406

Items to bring

Garden tools available as part of a garden swap.


Items to bring

  • Garden and yard tools (shovels, trowels, rakes, pitchforks, hoses, etc.)
  • Pots and planters (wood, terracotta, decorative plastic) - free of any soil or dirt
  • Potting soil/mix (unused, bagged)
  • Gardening and plant books
  • Garden art and décor
  • Bird houses and feeders

Not accepted

Please do not bring

  • Chemicals of any kind (fertilizers, pesticides, weed killer, bug killers, etc.)
  • Mower or power tools
  • Broken items
  • Items too large to carry
  • Used soil from your yard or garden (empty any soil from pots before bringing them to the swap)

2023 swap summary

  • Seven locations, three hours
  • Over 430 participants
  • Over 1,600 items brought
  • Over 70% of items were taken during event
  • Remainder of items shared through Buy Nothing 

Contact us

Recycling Coordinator

Public Works - Solid Waste & Recycling





Eastside Maintenance Facility
2635 University Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418

Office hours

8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Monday – Friday

This building is closed to the public.