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The City of Portland, Oregon

Nick Fish (In Memoriam)

City of Portland Commissioner

phone: 503-823-3589


1221 S.W. 4th, Room 240, Portland, OR 97204

Shepherding in restoration

March 13, 2014

Nick was pleased to join the Dharma Rain Zen Center in Northeast Portland last month to help clean up and transform a former brownfield site. 

Volunteers from the Dharma Rain Zen Center, Madison High School, Friends of Trees, Backyard Habitat Certification program, and the Portland community planted 1,200 native trees and shrubs on the 14 -acre plot of land in just one day!   

In today’s Portland Tribune, Joseph Gallivan highlights Dharma’s work in Sustainable Life.  Working with PCC Environmental Science and Resources students, Dharma Rain is transforming the site into a peaceful Zen Center, meditation hall, public park, and community gardens.  It will also provide a wildlife corridor connecting Rose City Golf Course and Glenhaven Park to Rocky Butte State Park.

The brownfield site will soon become a place for the whole community to enjoy – Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike!  The park and community gardens will be completed by spring 2015. 

Zen Buddhists clean up Portland's mess

Joseph Gallivan in the Portland Tribune, March 13, 2014

Photo courtesy of the Portland Tribune, by Jeffrey Ball.