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Grand Opening of Portland Parks & Recreation's 42nd Community Garden:

News Release from: Portland Parks & Recreation
GRAND OPENING OF PORTLAND PARKS & RECREATION'S 42ND COMMUNITY GARDEN:
Posted: May 16th, 2012 2:50 PM
Photo/sound file: http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2012-05/1399/54436/Errol_Heights_Property_14.JPG (Errol Heights property before garden completion. Courtesy: Portland Parks & Recreation, Portland, OR)

Errol Heights Becomes Newest City Site for Growing Healthy, Fresh Food

(Portland, OR) -

Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) welcomes all to the grand opening, tour, and celebration of Errol Heights Community Garden on Sunday, May 20 from 3:00-6:00pm.

Tour the city's newest community garden, hear about its history, and enjoy a free barbeque.

The garden, located at 4841 SE Tenino Drive, will be the 42nd in a network of community gardens managed by the City. In 2009, the Brentwood-Darlington Neighborhood Association approached Portland's Community Garden Program with a proposal to build a community garden in Errol Heights Park.

The 10,000-sq-ft garden will add 45 plots to the 1,600 currently in the city's program. The garden facilitates public access to sustainable food practices, leisure activity, and community strengthening in the Brentwood-Darlington neighborhood.

WHAT: GRAND OPENING OF NEWEST PP&R COMMUNITY GARDEN, ERROL HEIGHTS
WHERE: 4841 SE Tenino Drive
WHEN: Sunday, May 20, 3pm-6pm

Schedule of events:

3:00-6:00pm: Garden tours, general information, and Q&A
3:30pm: Garden dedication
4:00-6:00pm: Barbeque and refreshments

Portland Community Gardens
Errol Heights Community Garden becomes the 42nd community garden in Portland!
In March, PP&R opened Clarendon Community Garden and in April opened Frazer Community Garden. June brings even more celebrations at the Ed Benedict, Grant, and Kenton community gardens.

These gardens will add 258 new plots for Portlanders waiting to grow their own food this season!

We also expect to open a new garden in Thomas Cully Park and Helensview School this summer, and will continue to provide community partners with support as they expand and grow.

Portland Community Gardens have plots available now: sign up at http://www.portlandonline.com/parks/index.cfm?c=39846 for open spaces at:

Clarendon Community Garden
Errol Heights Community Garden
McCoy Community Garden
Pier Community Garden
Portsmouth Community Garden

1000 Gardens Initiative
Through our Community Garden Initiative, the City is working with partners to reach our Climate Action goal of 1,000 new garden plots by the end of 2012.

In 2009, Commissioner Nick Fish launched the "1,000 Gardens" Initiative to help meet the demand for places to grow food. The City's Community Gardens team is currently working with dozens of community partners to reach our Climate Action goal of 1,000 new garden plots by the end of 2012.

For more info:
http://www.portlandonline.com/fish/index.cfm?c=53380

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