16th Ave - between Johnson and Kearney - below the 405 freeway.
Q. When was the Community Garden be built?
A. The construction of the
NWCG was completed the summer of 2005.
Q. Can I sign up for my own individual plot?
A. No, due to the size and scope of this project in
addition to this being a community-building program,
there are no individual plots in the RDCG. Instead,
the Garden Steering Committee voted to have the garden
divided into community run plots with team leaders
who will be responsible for general operation and
coordination of garden enthusiasts.
Q. Will there be vegetables in the garden?
A. In response to concerns over the environmental
quality of the sites air and soil, the committee
has placed a moratorium on edible plants for a period
of one year. The resulting, organic, ornamentals garden
will be cultivated in raised beds using new topsoil.
A small test garden of edible plants will be monitored
and tested at the end of the moratorium to determine
future planting schemes and evaluate the safety of
incorporating edible plants in the garden.
Q. Will any mature trees currently on the proposed garden
site be removed?
A. The initial garden designed approved by the committee
and neighborhood associations proposed the removal
of 4 birch trees from the site. Subsequent redesigns
remove only 2 trees currently located at the site.
Replacement trees will be planted in accordance with
an agreement with ODOT and the Urban Forester. A new
design has been submitted and was approved in August,
2004. Please contact us if you have additional concerns regarding this or
any other design issue.
Q. Is this a Portland Parks and Recreation Community
A. No. This garden is being sponsored by the Zimmerman
Community Center, a non-profit, neighborhood based
community center with a mission to build community
in the River District.
Q. What is the Zimmerman Community Center?
A. The Zimmerman Community Center is a private non-profit
with a mission to build a community gathering place
and serve as a neighborhood resource to connect people
for fun, education, recreation, and reflection to
enhance the spirit of this urban place called the
River District. The Zimmerman Community Center is
currently located at 816 NW Hoyt. ZCC offers a variety
of programs, classes and events in support of their
mission. Go to the links page to find out more about