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The City of Portland, Oregon

Portland Parks & Recreation

Healthy Parks, Healthy Portland

Phone: 503-823-7529

1120 SW Fifth Avenue, Portland, OR 97204

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COVID-19 Update for Portland Community Gardens

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Dear Portland Community Gardeners,

Portland Parks & Recreation has monitored the COVID-19 situation since it began. We continue to be in communication with, and to follow the guidance of, the Oregon Health AuthorityMultnomah County Health Department, and the Portland Bureau of Emergency Management regarding the situation.

During this time of uncertainty, we know that you have questions about accessing community gardens. Portland Community Gardens staff is dedicated to keeping our program running in a way which complies with public health guidelines regarding COVID-19. We are implementing measures to minimize the potential harm within and throughout the community. And we need you to follow the guidelines for all our sakes, and to help our health care system.

At this time Portland Community Gardens remain open. For any changes, please visit the Portland Parks & Recreation COVID-19 webpage. 

All garden meetings are cancelled through May 1, 2020.

When you visit a Portland Community Garden, as with any public space:

  • People who are exhibiting symptoms of any illness should stay home and refrain from using any PP&R facility. 
  • Follow CDC guidelines and wash your hands before and after you visit a garden, park, trail, or natural area - or any other public space.
  • Follow CDC social distancing recommendations and keep 6 feet from others at all times, including interacting with other park visitors and PP&R staff. If you can’t maintain that distance, find another location or come back another time. 
  • When others are nearby, announce your presence as needed and step aside to let others pass.  

For New Gardeners
We are working on a web-based version of the New Gardener Orientation. In the meantime, please review the program policies, the our Garden Policy FAQ, and the New Gardener Orientation slides. We encourage you to start gardening right away!

For Returning Gardeners
Please review the Community Gardens program policies.

For All Gardeners
You must follow the guidance of the Oregon Health AuthorityMultnomah County Health Department, and the Portland Bureau of Emergency Management during these challenging times.

  • Keep your distance from others
  • We strongly encourage you to wear gloves in the garden, especially when using shared tools, locks, and water spigots
  • Do not touch your face
  • Wash your hands as soon as possible after leaving the garden
  • Be aware of others and practice social distancing in and out of your garden

We know that these guidelines may prevent some folks from being able to garden in compliance with the program policies. Staff will communicate with gardeners individually on an as-needed basis. If you need an accommodation or have decided not to garden this year, please contact staff at or 503-823-1612.

Gardening plays an important role in all our lives, allowing us to connect with the land and to provide food for our families. We appreciate all your work in the gardens and hope they bring you some moments of peace in the coming weeks.

In partnership,
Portland Community Gardens Staff