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New raised beds, security fencing to greet gardeners Sunrise City Park in Troutdale

Since Troutdale's community garden opened in 2012, its popularity has steadily grown.

After six years of heavy use and exposure to the elements, the planter boxes were falling apart and needed to be replaced.

The Troutdale Parks department, along with the Multnomah Youth Cooperative, rebuilt the garden's raised beds at Sunrise City Park, 460 S.W. 21st. St. The project was completed while the garden was closed during the winter, said Tim Seery, Troutdale parks and facilities superintendent.

The Multnomah Youth Cooperative is a partnership between the Reynolds School District and The Oregon Youth Conservation Corps; students work on restoration projects as part of an integrated environmental curriculum.

Last year, thieves made off with much of the gardeners' produce.

"We had a lot of problems last year with transients stealing vegetables," Seery said.

To deter unwanted guests, the city installed a security fence, and the parks department will add signs stating community garden rules. Gardeners will be able to access their rented plots with a gate pass code.

Registration opened for Troutdale residents March 1. Any plots not rented by Troutdale citizens can be reserved by the general public starting Monday, April 1, when the city will turn on the garden's water.

How to reserve a garden space

A 10-by-5-foot space is $25; the city of Troutdale provides hoses, water and mulch. Gardeners need to provide their own plants.

To reserve a plot, fill out a paper application available at Troutdale City Hall, 219 E. Historic Columbia River Highway. City Hall is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Online applications are not available.

For more information, visit www.troutdaleoregon.gov/publicworks/page/reserve-your-community-garden-plot-today.


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