A six-sided bench project, built by a diverse set of community organizations in the Boise-Eliot neighborhood, will be unveiled April 20.
ReBuilding Center has facilitated the bench design and building with teams from The Q Center, Oregon Tradeswomen, Self-Enhancement, Inc., 4th Dimension Recovery Center, Portland Youth Builders, and Hazelnut Grove homeless camp. All the groups will meet together on Earth Day for the first time to assemble the six sides into a whole bench around the Oregon White Oak in the center of the the Boise Eliot Native Grove.
Also on Earth Day in the Grove, a ceramic sculpture featuring the life-cycle of the salmon, created by 4th-grade students from Boise-Eliot/Humboldt School and the Oregon Potters Association will be installed and unveiled as well. Additionally, SOLVE volunteers will help to weave a living willow dome and tunnels in the center of the Grove, and will pick up garbage and refresh mulch on the paths.
All members of the community are welcome to participate in the Earth Day Work Party from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 20 at the Boise Eliot Native Grove ~300 N Ivy St. Portland OR 97227.
The Boise Eliot Native Grove is a restoration project where neighbor volunteers have transformed a vacant dumping site on PBOT land into a native plant and pollinator pocket park, just north of the Fremont Bridge ramp. The Grove has over 40 species of native plants & trees, a mason bee hotel, and has clocked over 1300 volunteer hours from community members and school children since work began in Dec 2017. We are committed to the maintenance of this pollinator park for the benefit of native plants, insects, birds and humans, restoring habitat, cultivating education, growing community. For more information, visit www.nativegrovepdx.org.