Community gardens have been an integral part of Portland neighborhoods since they were first established in 1975.
The city has 57 community gardens through Portland Parks & Recreation. The gardens are managed by parks staff, with neighborhood volunteers providing key assistance. Since the coronavirus quarantine renewed people’s interest in gardening, community gardens have been more popular than ever.
In early April, the parks department’s community gardens wait list grew to more than 2,000 entries from 1,340 people, all hoping for one of the 2,544 community garden plots in the program, said Laura Niemi, program coordinator. Plots are assigned through June