In early 2009, the Rose City Park Neighborhood Association decided they would like to see a community garden in Northeast Portland's Frazer Park. They set out to bring this garden to the neighborhood- reaching out to residents, engaging stakeholders, and developing a shared vision.
Since 2009, Portland Community Gardens and the RCPNA have worked hand-in-hand, along with other dedicated partners and volunteers, to develop a plan and see it through to construction.
Last summer, Commissioner Fish participated in a Depave-coordinated event, where volunteers removed 10,000 square feet of asphalt to make room for the garden. Portland's Bureau of Environmental Services applied an EPA brownfield grant to the site, to ensure proper soil health. Friends of Portland Community Gardens secured grant funding from the EMSWCD to remove asphalt and contaminated soil and replace them with healthy, clean soil. Neighbors registered for their plots this February, tools were donated by the Northeast Portland Tool Library, and volunteers got to work on finishing touches to the site.
This Saturday, just in time for the 2012 growing season, stakeholders and neighbors will come together to celebrate the grand opening of the garden! Come join us as we tour the garden, see gardening demonstrations, create pollinator art to decorate the fence, and enjoy snacks and refreshments.
Saturday, April 28th
Frazer Park Community Garden- NE 52nd and Hassalo
10 A.M. - Noon: Garden tours, general information, Q&A, family activities
10:30 AM: Garden Dedication
11 A.M.: Spring Veggie Gardening Demonstration