This page gives updates on the status of the effort to establish a community garden in Dickinson Park.
Garden Concerns & Support
A group of neighbors organized a petition effort in opposition to the garden. They were particularly concerned about the proposed location at the top (east) end of the park, just south of the playground area. There is now a summary of concerns and list of reasons in support of the garden:
Crestwood and Ashcreek Neighborhood Associations have partnered to explore developing a community garden in Dickinson Park. This is an opportunity to expand use of the park and provide access to garden plots through the Portland Parks Community Garden program. Below is a view of where in the park a community garden would likely be located.
Community Outreach is underway, supported by a Small Neighborhood Grant from SWNI. This will help determine the level of interest in a community garden and gather views about Dickinson Park. A survey of residents has been completed and an Open House is planned for June. A final report will be presented to the Crestwood and Ashcreek Neighborhood Association boards.
Interested in helping?
We need volunteers for a workgroup to conduct the community outreach activity. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested or if you want more information.
Why should there be a garden in Dickinson Park?
Dickinson Park is a wide open space that is suitable for a community garden. This would expand use of the park and leverage existing developments from the playground and woods areas. Interest in community gardens throughout Portland has significantly increased. Portland Community Gardens currently has waiting lists of 150 people for gardens in the southwest area, and over 1600 city wide. Community gardens strengthen communities, improve livability, and enhance community awareness about growing food.
To learn more about the planning work we have done and the community outreach grant, please refer to these documents:
Questions and Answers
This page has a set of questions and answers about the community garden project.
The following organizations have partnered for this effort: