Leach Garden Friends and its project partners are implementing a 30-year vision of expanding Leach Botanical Garden -- Portland and the region's Eastside treasure -- to better serve the rapidly growing populations around it. Improvements at the garden will include an aerial tree walk into the midstory of the woodland slopes; botanical collection beds; and new parking, pathways, and facilities -- all of them accessible.
Structures that will allow community education, events, gatherings and celebrations will be included in the first phase of improvement. Later phases will include multipurpose buildings, offices and meeting rooms, and more botanical presentations.
- The garden will be accessible to people in ways it currently is not. It will have facilities and services capable of handling tens of thousands more visitors.
- The garden will provide a connection to nature in a dense urban setting that allows people with no experience of greenspaces to engage with them safely. This is an overlooked cultural issue.
- Enhancement of the garden as an attractive public space in East County will generate an increased feeling of pride of place for citizens of the area. Gathering spaces and education facilities will reinforce that.
- The presence of a high-quality public space in the east urban environment will reinforce efforts to create economic development and employment growth in nearby commercial clusters such as Lents Town Center.
- The presence of 17 acres of greenspace, 60 percent of which is canopy, will increase the air quality and healthfulness of surrounding neighborhoods.
- The addition of Leach Botanical Garden to Portland's existing constellation of extraordinary gardens will bring more visitors and economic impact to the city and to East Portland.