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The Earl Boyles Nature Patch
Portland Parks & Recreation is creating a nature patch at Earl Boyles Park to foster pollinator habitat and add natural features to enjoy. This project is generously supported by grants from the Portland Garden Club and the Portland Chapter of the Western Monarch Society.
If you'd like to pitch in, please sign up here for info on planting events next winter.
Learn more about Nature Patches in Portland
Portland Parks & Recreation is adding nature patches to developed park landscapes to provide natural experiences for people and habitat for wildlife. Nature patches are unique natural garden spaces that support native pollinators and offer fun opportunities for education and exploration.
Earl Boyles was a beloved janitor at the former Powellhurst Elementary School for 19 years in the 1930s and 40s. On rainy days he would allow cold, wet students to dry by the furnace. When a new elementary school was built in 1956, it was named after him. As of 2000, it remains the only school in Oregon named for a classified employee. When the land adjacent to the school was acquired for a park, there was no question that the park would be named after Earl Boyles as well.
- Street parking
- Paved pathway to play area
- 200 feet to play area
- Engineered mulch surface
- Ramp into younger children play area
- Curb-cut into older children play area
- Transfer station
- Sensory play elements
- Accessible spray feature