Reedwood Community Gardens: RIP
Portland has a community gardens program, for those who would like to garden but live in appartments or otherwise don't have a space. Space is leased from the city.
The Reedwood Community Garden was once Portland's largest such garden, but the city was leasing space from Reed College. People were here nearly every day working the soil, growing small amounts of food on their small plots of land, enjoying flowers they themselves grew, and otherwise doing what community gardens are for.
In 2005 the decision was made to use the space for new dormitories. Through most of 2006 the space was vacant, and in 2007 construction equipment showed up. This heavy equipment was quickly put to work demolishing the gardens and the surrounding trees, and within a day there was nothing left, except one lone garden shed. Within even more days, even that was gone.
These photos of the Reedwood Community Garden were taken in May of 2005. You will still hear many people, especially people in the large appartment complexes on the north side of SE Steele Street and others who used to grow food and other plants here, talk of this once largest in Portland facility.
- Hiking and Walking
During late April or eary May, every year the Reed College campus closes to the general public for several days, while a significant portion of the students dress in bizarre costumes, scatter eccentric artwork all over the campus, hold a senior thesis burning ceremony, and otherwise celebrate the ending of the college term, and for seniors the start of "real life" and actual responsibilities.
Or maybe not.
In any event, since the general public is banned from coming onto campus during this time, the best you can hope for is to get a taste of the festivities by walking along the egde of campus, on the public sidewalks, where you can get a look at some of the eccentric artwork and costumes worn.
In the 1960s, I have been told this festival was a true "Renaissance Fayre" and was much more of a true hippie arts festival. It was originally a one-day event, and plunged campus directly into the middle ages. Today, the event has altered quite a bit from its original roots. However, the bizarre arts and wearing of eccentric costumes (or sometimes nothing at all) are some of what continues as part of the old tradition.
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