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The City of Portland, Oregon

Environmental Services

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Phone: 503-823-7740

Fax: 503-823-6995

1120 SW 5th Ave, Suite 613, Portland, OR 97204

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Frazer Park Community Garden (2010)

former paved area in Frazer ParkAddress: NE 52nd & NE Hassalo Street
Date of site approval: 2010
Acreage: 3.9
Zoning: open space

This large paved area was previously the site of a detention facility before it was acquired by the City of Portland's Parks and Recreation department (PP&R).  Wanting to dedicate a western portion of the park for a new community garden, PP&R contacted the Brownfield Program to help determine in the site was safe for growing food. The Brownfield Program funded the Phase I and the II Environmental Site Assessments volunteers with Depave remove asphaltthat revealed elevated lead levels in the surface soil from a long-gone building.  A remediation plan was developed for removing the contaminated soils.

With the help of local nonprofit Depave, volunteers spent two days removing the concrete pad that covered the site.  Then PP&R removed the contaminated soil from the garden area, leaving a clean plot ready for growing.  the Frazer Park Community GardenThe Frazer Park Community Garden opened in the spring of 2012, offering eighteen new gardening plots to the community.