Any grand opening is a big deal. As fitting for the great good luck we’ve had from the start of this project, the Helensview Community Garden opening in Sumner neighborhood in NE Portland was blessed with grand weather and a grand turnout.
Caption: Gardeners selecting their new plots at the Helensview Community Garden grand opening
Caption: Sandwiches & fixin’s donated by Subway at Cascade Station (next to Target). Attendees were surprised — and very pleased — to see Subway.
Caption: Sumner neighborhood chair Scott Somohano stands at the shed entrance (right) to thank a long list of partners and neighbors
Caption: Helensview School Principal Kris Persson spoke about how the students will use the garden in their curriculum — and in their lunches
Caption: Commissioner Nick Fish, who oversaw the Parks Bureau during the city’s drive to add 1,000 Gardens, spoke about how the Helensview garden was the last project completed under the initiative — and the fastest from start to finish.
Caption: Commissioner Amanda Fritz also joined us for the celebration — just as she did for a work party last fall. However, this time she did not wear her trademark zebra-striped boots.
Caption: Bryce from Oregon Tilth demonstrated top gardening techniques
Caption: A youngster expressed his approval for the new garden (& otherwise enjoyed the sunny weather)
Most of the garden is booked but there are still a few plots available. Several of the attendees commented favorabily about the size and potential of the 11-acre site for future school/park style development. Not to mention its grand view of Mount St Helens.
A final note: Thanks to Dan and Heather for taking photos!