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A Venture Portland grant to the Foster Area Business Associaiton has been put to good use

DAVID F. ASHTON - Venture Portland District Organizer Jeff Lynott, FABA President Allen Rowand, and Mike Turner of Foster Outdoor installed new plants in this Foster Road sidewalk planter - one of many that are now brightening the street. In April, volunteer leaders and members of the Foster Area Business Association (FABA) announced that they were embarking on a plan to further beautify their business district by installing sidewalk planters.

After receiving a grant to do so from Venture Portland, the FABA volunteers began purchasing and installing galvanized steel tub containers, and filling them with dirt throughout May.

"We're building on the momentum of the recently-completed Foster Road Streetscape," explained FABA President Allen Rowand – who is also owner of Graydog Digital. "Now, as of the first of June, we have fourteen planters installed so far; and we have another seven to go, here along S.E. Foster Road.

"This project got started as we were looking for a way to help beautify the street this summer, hoping that people will be vaccinated and more likely to be out and about," Rowand told THE BEE, while putting flowers into a planter in front of the Foster Outdoor store, near S.E. 69th Avenue.

"It's been a great community project; we've been working with Dan Campbell of 'PDX.Farm', who has helped us choose plants and who has provided some of the labor," said Rowand. "And, Mount Scott Fuel has generously given us a discount on topsoil – filling up 21 of these is a lot of dirt!

"And, there's been a lot of volunteer labor, as well as a lot of really generous donations from businesses and residents alike, to help fund the entire project," observed Rowand. "We expect that pedestrians, bicyclists – and even some people in vehicles – will enjoy the greenery we've added to our district."

Learn more about the Foster Area Business Association, and what it does, by visiting their website – www.fosterarea.com


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