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New features include aerial walk, plantings, pathways, parking - visits reserved online

COURTESY PHOTO: PORTLAND PARKS & RECREATION - A new aerial walkway has been added to Leach Botanical Garden, offering never before seen views.Visitors to an East Multnomah County natural oasis now can walk among the tree canopy, take in an expansive pollinator meadow, discover more plantings in the woodlands, and find a parking spot.

Leach Botanical Garden is open again after completing an expansive update that has created new features and amenities for visitors to enjoy.

"Leach Botanical Garden is a unique urban sanctuary," said Portland Parks Director Adena Long. "Leach is and will continue to be a place for reflection, science and recreation.

COURTESY PHOTO: PORTLAND PARKS & RECREATION - The canopy walkway is one of the many things added to Leach Botanical Garden as it reopens to the public. The new additions include:

• Aerial tree walk

• Pollinator and habitat meadow

• Gathering green lawn

• Outdoor arbor with a fire feature on a terrace

• New central pathway between the Manor House and upper garden

• Enhanced woodland plantings

• New public pathway from Southeast Claybourne Street to the 122nd Avenue Bridge

• Parking

• New entrance at Southeast Claybourne Street

COURTESY PHOTO: PORTLAND PARKS & RECREATION - Another addition at Leach Botanical Garden is an outdoor terrace with a firepit. The garden, 6704 S.E. 122nd Ave., is open with a timed ticketing system with reservations available online. Visit LeachGarden.org to learn more about admission and parking.

The project is the culmination of more than six years of planning and design, in partnership between Leach Garden Friends and Portland Parks & Recreation. They raised $1.25 million in private donations, and used $9.2 million in parks system development charges, $2 million from Prosper Portland, and a $188,000 grant from the Metro regional government.

The aerial tree walk offers a view of the forest visitors have never experienced, while the pollinator meadow features 144 different species of shrubs and grasses and about 30,000 bulbs.

Leach Botanical Garden is spread over 16 acres and is home to more than 1,000 species of plants. The enhancements build on recent efforts to close the play gap evident in East Portland, which has fewer parks and greenspaces than other parts of town.


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