Expand partnerships between school districts and Portland Parks to increase joint use and expand recreation opportunities.

Updates

Portland Parks & Recreation carpenters will be installing new park signage and trail distance markers this month at Gilbert Primary Park. It's part of the city's E205 Initiative to improve existing parks east of I-205!
Janice Jenkins, the new Education Coordinator at Leach Botanical Garden has recruited and met with representatives from school district and other education related groups to explore ways to better use the outdoor spaces at the Garden.
David Douglas School District purchased playground equipment that could be utilized by all children regardless of ability. These additions to our playground would be available to the general community during off-school hours, allowing our school to continue to serve as a community hub and center for accessible play and learning and aligning with the East Portland Action Plan goal of P.1.1 in expanding partnerships between school districts and Portland Parks to increase joint use and expand recreation opportunities.
Subsequent to the late 2011 exploratory meetings, Leach Garden developed a partnership program with Alice Ott's SUN program. For several years, SUN schoolers have helped develop the Children's Garden in the Upper Meadow each spring and then have helped 'put the garden to bed' in the Fall. This summer SUNschoolers are coming for project activities. We have also had new visits with the Lent School SUN program this summer. Middle schoolers at Zenger Farm summer programs are using the Garden.

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