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Centennial School District, PP&R, plan Portland’s newest Community Garden

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The garden, at Lynch Wood Elementary School, is expected to be complete in the autumn of 2017
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POSTED MAY 19, 2017 

(Portland, OR) –

Lynch Wood Community Garden will become the city’s newest site for growing healthy, local, fresh food

Centennial School District, in partnership with Portland Parks & Recreation’s Community Gardens Program, will build a new community garden at Lynch Wood Elementary School to serve school families and residents in the Centennial neighborhood. The new garden will convert 30,000 square feet of unused land into a garden that will provide space for 50 or more families to grow food.

Centennial School District received funding from East Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District to construct the garden. These funds were matched by support from Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R), and a donation from the Richard and Helen Phillips Charitable Fund in support of PPR’s efforts to bring healthy, fresh food to Portland’s neighborhoods.

Construction on the garden, the 53rd in the Portland Community Gardens system, is scheduled to begin in the summer of 2017. Garden plots will available starting in the Fall of 2017. Portland Parks & Recreation will operate the site as an opportunity for the Centennial community to grow healthy, fresh produce right in their neighborhood.

“It is important that all Portland communities have access to garden plots that provide a place to grow fresh, healthy foods,” says Portland Parks Commissioner Amanda Fritz. “Bilingual staff who speak Spanish and Russian, will involve non-English speaking neighbors and foster community with ongoing classes, advice, and community gatherings. Community Gardens are about community and family, for all ages, and ongoing partnership with neighbors.”

Lynch Wood is the third community garden project partnership between Centennial School District and Portland Parks & Recreation. The two partners opened Oliver-Parklane and Centennial Park Community Gardens in 2013, also located on school property.

“Portland Community Gardens offer lasting physical and social benefits,” says Portland Parks & Recreation Director Mike Abbaté.  “They allow for families to enjoy their own healthy, organic produce, regardless of language or economic status.  I’m proud we’ve continued to expand the Portland Community Gardens program, and encourage all neighbors to sign up for a plot near them.”

Centennial School District and Lynch Wood Elementary School would like to hear from the neighborhood their ideas and questions about the new garden.  Join PP&R and the District to hear about the new project, ask questions, and offer any feedback or suggestions during the Family Fun Night, Friday, May 19, at Lynch Wood Elementary School from 5:30-7:30. 

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 Lynch Wood, Portland Parks & Recreation will manage 53 community gardens located throughout the city. Portland Community Gardens are developed and operated by volunteers and PP&R staff, offering a variety of activities.

For more information about Portland Parks & Recreation’s Community Gardens Program, visit: gardens.

To learn more about Lynch Wood Community Garden (or any other garden) and to get involved, contact Community Gardens Coordinator Laura Niemi at 503-823-1612 or by email at