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Grand Opening of Portland Parks & Recreation's 45th Community Garden

News Release from: Portland Parks & Recreation
GRAND OPENING OF PORTLAND PARKS & RECREATION'S 45TH COMMUNITY GARDEN
Posted: October 17th, 2012 12:57 PM
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NE 72nd Ave Community Garden becomes Portland's newest site for growing healthy, local, and fresh food

(Portland, OR) -

Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R), in partnership with Verde and the Let Us Build Cully Park! Coalition, invite the community to the grand opening of PP&R's NE 72nd Ave Community Garden.

The tour and celebration will take place on Thursday, October 18 from 2:00-6:30pm. The NE 72nd Ave Community Garden is the 45th garden in the network of gardens managed by the City.

WHAT: Grand Opening of Portland Parks & Recreation's 45th Community Garden
WHERE: NE 72nd Ave Community Garden, NE 72nd Ave & Killingsworth
WHEN: Thursday, October 18, 2:00-6:30pm

There is plenty of street parking. Light snacks and refreshments will be provided.

The Portland Community Gardens program has provided gardening opportunities for the physical and social benefit of the people and neighborhoods of Portland since 1975. There are now 45 community gardens located throughout the city, developed and operated by volunteers and PP&R staff, offering a variety of activities.

The NE 72nd Ave Community Garden is the first amenity to be constructed in the future Cully Park. The effort is spearheaded by Verde and the Let Us Build Cully Park! Coalition of 17 community service organizations dedicated to bringing economic, environmental, and social benefit to the Cully neighborhood through the building of Cully Park.

The NE 72nd Ave Community Garden construction was led by Verde, using minority and woman-owned businesses, local social enterprises, and apprenticeship programs to build the garden.

Funding came from grants from the Northwest Health Foundation, the Vibrant Village Foundation, and East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District plus additional matching funds from Portland Parks & Recreation. Portland Brownfields Program provided funds for soil testing.


Grand Opening Schedule:

2:00-3:00pm
Remarks by Scott School Principal Verenice Gutierrez, City Commissioners Fish and Saltzman, Vibrant Village Foundation representative, and Northwest Health Foundation/Kaiser Permanente representative(s), and others.

3:00-6:30pm
Open House and tour
Gardeners who have already signed up for plots are invited to pick their plot.
If there are plots still available, community members are invited to sign up.

About Portland Community Gardens
NE 72nd Ave Community Garden becomes the 45th community garden in Portland.

PP&R opened Clarendon Community Garden in March 2012, Frazer Community Garden in April, and Errol Heights Community Garden in May. Ed Benedict, Grant, and Kenton community gardens opened in June. Construction on Mt Tabor and Helensview Community Gardens is expected to be complete in November.

These gardens add 450 new plots to the City of Portland's Community Gardens Program.

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 on Portland Community Gardens:
http://www.portlandonline.com/parks/index.cfm?c=39846

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