POD Wake Co.

A Safe Place Child Enrichment Center, Inc.

A Safe Place, located in eastern Raleigh, NC, enlarged their previously compact OLE by moving several fence lines, nearly doubling their play space, as a result of participating in the POD Wake Co program.

A new double looped concrete pathway winds around the space, connecting the new learning garden, mud play area, picnic space, and outdoor classroom. Tire planters and planting beds line the pathway, which are filled with perennial plants and grasses all within reach of the children.

The children enjoy planting, tending to, and harvesting the vegetables, which are used in snacks and meals at the center. Four fruit trees and 158 square feet of fruiting shrubs were planted and an arbor was constructed for grow flowering vines, as well as to provide pockets of shady seating along the pathway.

A Safe Place was the recipient of a City of Raleigh Urban Agriculture Award in 2015 and invested $16,550 on the OLE improvements during the course of the POD Wake project.


Address: 1216 Cross Link Road, Raleigh, NC 27610
Phone Number: (919) 833-9330
Permit Type: Five Star Center License
Website: Visit Website

We put extra produce out for families to take. The schoolagers talk about the garden with their parents, about eating healthy foods, what foods to buy and how to prepare them.

Gardening is part of the culture now!

Center Owner

Before Renovation

After Renovation

Before Renovation

After Renovation

Outdoor Learning Environment

Safe Place Schematic
Pathway with border plantings.
Pathway with border plantings.
Pathway intersection with outdoor classroom and multipurpose lawn in the background.
Infant/toddler wheeled toy pathway.
Production garden outside the fence.

Local Partnership for Children

Partnership Name: Wake County Smart Start
Partnership Address: 4901 Waters Edge Drive, Suite 101, Raleigh, NC 27606
Partnership Phone: (919) 851-9550
Partnership Web Site: Visit Website