East Portland botanical garden set for makeover

The park is off 122nd and Foster Road

Joseph Dames and KOIN 6 News Staff - PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) -- Portland is full of magnificent gardens and parks but there's one in East Portland you may not know of.

The Leach Botanical Garden, off SE 122nd and SE Foster Road, doesn't always get much attention, but now it's getting an upgrade for the public to enjoy.

"It's a wonderful gem in East Portland," city commissioner Amanda Fritz said. "A magnificent collection of botanical specimens."

The transformation started with a promise from Fritz -- if the Leach Garden Friends could raise more than $1 million, Portland Parks and Recreation would just about do the rest to get the ball rolling on an upgrade.

"It's in an area that in the past hasn't gotten a whole lot of city resources and that has since changed," Fritz said.

So the Leach Garden Friends raised the money through crowdfunding donations and with supplemental funds from the city, phase one is set to begin. Terraces, community centers and more pathways will soon be added to the garden.

"It's an incredible place. I'm really excited we are going to work with the community and do what they are asking us to make this a destination," David Porter with the Leach Garden Friends said. "Not only for people in Portland but across the world like they do for other specialty gardens."


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