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It may seem unlikely, but if you want to raise money to build a new park, with enough time a plant sale CAN do it!

DAVID F. ASHTON - Balfour Street Park Plant Sale organizer Lisa Gunion-Rinker (left) here was greeting shoppers - and neighbors - Marissa and Aaron Carpenter. The Ardenwald-Johnson Creek neighborhood is unique, in that half of it is within the City of Portland and Multnomah County, the other portion is inside the Milwaukie city limits in Clackamas County.

However, Ardenwald residents pretty much disregard geopolitical boundaries and consider the neighborhood simply as "home". Part of their attempts to improve it has been a years-long process of establishing a public park on S.E. Balfour Street. All along, funding to turn what is a vacant lot into a public park has come from an annual plant sale, held across the street from the planned park.

"It's true, we've been doing annual fundraising for Belfour Street Park for many years now," acknowledged the event's organizer, Lisa Gunion-Rinker, who is also Land Use Chair for the Ardenwald-Johnson Creek Neighborhood Association.

"The park has now received funding for having its 'Master Plan' reopened this summer; which will include an open house," Gunion-Rinker updated us. "Then, we will go into the 'Design Phase', and may be able to start construction by the end of 2023."

There was not a count of all of the plants and vegetable starts brought in this year, Gunion-Rinker said. "But, I'd say that between 30 and 40 people have worked on this plant sale, including those who donated plants, those who potted them, and those who volunteered on the day of the sale."

Learn more about the Ardenwald-Johnson Creek Neighborhood Association online — www.ardenwald.org


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