July 2020 Neighborhood Construction Update

Beginning on July 6th, utility work in the public right of way will impact traffic on SE 122nd Ave south of Foster Rd.

Flaggers will be onsite—at the intersection of SE Foster Rd & 122nd Ave and both north and south of Foster Place & 122nd Ave (tap for map). Please be prepared for some delays through the end of July.

Note: Office coverage continues to be limited during the physical distancing protocols. Your patience is sincerely appreciated.

For questions or concerns, call 503-823-1671 or email mailto:info@leachgarden.org.

May/June 2020 Construction Update

Construction on the Upper Garden continues. As we approach summer, the Aerial Tree Walk (right) has taken shape-the ellipse becoming a notable form in the landscape of the woodland slope. The deck and railings are still being worked on but already we can see that visitors will experience new views of the Garden and the green expanse of canopy above and below them.

The steel girders which frame the Arbor at the Tree Walk (left) are also in place, and this gives the Garden another important new space for community gathering and social interaction.

Hundreds of trees, shrubs and other horticultural elements are arriving daily. The greening of the landscape is just starting and will continue through to the beginning of fall.

Equally important is that the public path (below left), giving our neighbors a safe way to go from Claybourne St. down to the 122nd bridge, is becoming a reality. The last section, the stairs connecting with the sidewalk, is still being fabricated.

The far meadow (below right) has been seeded and the new lawn area provides lots of room for our seasonal tent and future programming.

Past Community updates can be viewed as pdf links below:


March/April 2020 update

December 2019 update

November 2019 update

Check out the more project updates including videos on BLOG page.

construction FAQs

Are you open during construction?

Leach Garden will be open during construction although areas where work is taking place will not be accessible. The Garden offices and the Manor House and Gift Shop may be inaccessible during some parts of the construction. We will note such changes on the website when possible, but please note that construction schedules are subject to changes with short notice.

Where can I park?

Parking for the moment is available at the Creekside Parking across the Johnson Creek bridge from the Garden entrance. Two handicapped spaces at that entrance are also available at the moment. Parking on the street side on SE 122nd Dr. is legal unless posted otherwise. We will update any changes.

Can I still walk around the garden?

Yes! During the construction, areas of the Garden will be closed to the public as the construction unfolds. We will post notices on site and online as the project unfolds to provide updates on access.

View construction map HERE.

Can I still rent space at the garden?

Rentals in the Garden will continue to take place dependent on the dates and times. The best information about rental for a particular date can be obtained by emailing rentals@leachgarden.org or by leaving a message on our RENTAL line at 971-832-9081. The rental team will return your message as soon as possible.

What is being built?

Elements of this project phase will incude the Aerial Treewalk, Fireside Arbor and Terrace, Pollinator and Habitat Garden, Gathering Green, new accessible pathways, parking areas, and restrooms. A main path and staircase from the new entry will take people on a direct route from the Upper Garden to the Manor House. Claybourne Street will become the main entry to the Garden. The main part of the Garden will be fenced and gated. Also included is a new 24/7 pathway taking people from the intersection of SE 122nd and Claybourne down to the sidewalk outside the Manor House entry gates.

See more about the Upper Garden Development project in the Expansion Updates section of our BLOG page HERE.

Are trees affected by the construction?

Trees are affected by the construction. The vast majority of trees in the construction zone will be protected under the City of Portland standards. The Aerial Tree Walk is designed so as to have the least possible impact on trees. In the Upper Garden areas in the project zone, there are trees that will be removed. Importantly, large numbers of new trees will be planted as part of the project.

How long with the project take?

The Upper Garden project construction is expected to be completed by late fall of 2020. A firm date for a dedication ceremony and opening will be selected when we are closer to completion.

Questions about the project? Contact Ross Swanson: 503-823-3577
Questions about Leach? Contact the garden's administrative office: 503-823-1671 or use Contact form in main menu.

Upper Garden Construction Updates

Community updates about Upper Garden construction project

Designing for the Future

Nearly eight acres in the undeveloped Upper Garden will offer new botanical and programmatic experiences to visitors and…

Upper Garden Development – December 2020

Construction video updates on Garden Expansion Phase One

Phase One Development

The first phase of development construction began in 2019. Highlights include:

Leach Garden Friends awarded grant from M. J. Murdock Charitable Trust

$130,000 capacity-building grant over 3 years; Introducing Virginia Brandabur, Visitor Services Manager

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