(Portland, OR) –
Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R), in partnership with the Centennial School District, invite the public to the grand openings of PP&R’s new Oliver-Parklane and Centennial Park Community Gardens. The number of PP&R Community Gardens across the city reaches the milestone of 50 with the addition of Oliver-Parklane and Centennial Park gardens. The celebrations will take place on Saturday, March 1. All are welcome.
“It’s significant that we reach the landmark of 50 community gardens in east Portland,” notes Portland Parks Commissioner Amanda Fritz. “The area is now home to 40% of Portland’s children. We are happy to partner with community groups to provide two new places to grow fresh, healthy food."
WHAT: Grand Opening of Portland Parks & Recreation’s Centennial Park Community Garden
WHERE: Centennial Park School, 17630 SE Main St.
WHEN: Saturday, March 1, from 10am–11am.
WHAT: Grand Opening of Portland Parks & Recreation’s Oliver-Parklane Community Garden with Parks Commissioner Amanda Fritz
WHERE: Behind Parklane Elementary, 15811 SE Main St.
WHEN: Saturday, March 1, from 1pm–2pm.
The Portland Community Gardens program has provided gardening opportunities for the physical and social benefit of the people and neighborhoods of Portland since 1975. With the addition of Oliver-Parklane and Centennial Park, there are now 50 community gardens located throughout the city. Portland Community Gardens are developed and operated by volunteers and PP&R staff, offering a variety of activities.
The gardens are both located on Centennial School District property and mark the first partnership between Centennial School District and Portland Community Gardens. The gardens will provide an opportunity for neighborhood residents to participate in a community garden and for students to garden through school plots.
Both community gardens received financial support from Portland Parks & Recreation, the East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District and Friends of Portland Community Gardens.