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Phone: 503-823-7740

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Emerson Garden (2000)

Emerson Garden beforeSite Address: 822 NE Emerson Street
Date of site approval: November 2000
Acreage: .08
Zoning: Residential

The Oregon Sustainable Agricuture Land Trust (OSALT) owns the site of this community garden. The Portland Brownfield Program conducted a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment and identified no past uses of the site associated with contamination.

The King Neighborhood Association did test soil from site in advance of establishing the community garden. The tests showed lead and arsenic levels in Emerson Garden afterthe soil that exceeded state standards for residential use. Contaminated soil was removed and the soil is monitored to ensure safety.

Groundwork Portland hosted a series of community design forums to plan the garden and broke ground on the community garden in summer 2010.