Thanks for finding this blog about the Foster-Powell Community Garden. For a few years now the Foster Powell Neighborhood Association has been trying to get permission to use the vacant, paved lot at the corner of SE 62nd and Powell in Portland, OR for a community garden. The land belongs to ODOT. In the 1940’s the site was a gas station. When ODOT acquired the land, the site was capped with asphalt and has gone unused. There is no water or power to the site and it is not an appropriate lot to build a house on, so…
We made a garden plan and proposal to ODOT and last week our proposal was approved. There is now a neighborhood lock on the gate and we are free to begin working on the space while the permit is being drawn up.
Some of the obstacles we have ahead and are (your input could really make a difference here): We cannot depave, we cannot build permanent structures, we cannot dig. Our only water source currently is a disconnected gutter from the adjacent apartment complex. We have no electricity. The organizing members of this project see this as a challenge not a hindrance so we are interested in solutions that meet these criteria rather than fighting ODOT for more permissions. Any bright ideas? Our current approved plan is waist high raised beds out of palette wood on top of the asphalt, a rain barrel catch system. The right hand side of the ariel plan shows a strip that is unpaved. We proposed to put down cardboard over the dirt, build a dirt layer and retaining wall up and design that area with drought tolerant succulents and pea gravel.
Spring Work Party dates (come and help!):
Sundays 10am-4pm:04-21, 05-12,05-26,06-02,06-09,06-30
If I can figure out how, I’ll post the entire proposal, but for now, here are a few pictures:
Ariel plan of proposal
Proposed gate treatment (approved by ODOT)
Here is the approved proposal: FP_ODOT_Comm_Garden_Proposal_06_12