Big grading work begins on Eastlake P-Patch expansion

UPDATED at 9:13 p.m. with more details.

Big grading work has begun on the Eastlake P-Patch’s long-planned expansion.

Mary Jones reports that, after a four-plus month process, the community garden, located at 2900 Fairview Ave. E., received permits from the city to begin the big work that will ultimately add 20 more plots. Heavy equipment is on the site now and the grading work began Monday.


Rebecca Partington says via e-mail that there was a big work party Sunday to clear vegetation, clear paving stones, remove some arbors, remove some plants and generally get things ready for the earthmovers. A few people have been coming out each day since Monday to work on leveling out the upper area where the new plots will go.

“The earthmoving will hopefully be finished by mid-September, at which time we will move on to the next steps in the expansion project,” Partington says. “We’re going to build a new retaining wall and put in some drainage, build the new path and stairs to the upper level, do some plumbing work, build the plots, and build a fence to enclose the expansion area. We will do some other things along the way, but  those are the main goals.”

“All of the people working on this project are volunteers or have volunteered skilled labor,” Jones says in an e-mail. “It is a pretty amazing show of dedicated individuals who are very community minded. There are so many to mention, I don’t know where to start.”

One person she does mention is Eastlake resident, gardener and garden designer Lisa Hummel, who created the plans for the expansion.

Partington notes they can “always use more volunteers.” They really need people with knowledge of building dry wells and drainage, building rubble walls, masonry, plumbing, carpentry, and fence building. Interested in helping out and have some skills that might be useful? There will be a meeting at the P-Patch at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 1.

Previous Eastlake Ave. posts on the P-Patch and its expansion:

3 thoughts on “Big grading work begins on Eastlake P-Patch expansion

  1. Giff Jones

    Mary Jones didn’t “know where to start” thanking all the P Patch Expansion volunteers. Two in particular deserve extra praise because they operate single proprietorship businesses and every hour they spend on this project represents an hour of revenue lost from their pockets.
    #1: Lisa, owner of LISA HUMMEL LANDSCAPE DESIGN, has been the rock star of the project, working nearly full time for several months to develop, design, then revise, time after time, to meet extraordinary city requirements. Lisa continues in the role of project manager.
    #2: Frank Shields, owner of EXCAVATORS NORTHWEST, has already volunteered most of the past week along with three of his big money-making machines. His income-producing construction projects have all been put aside in favor of helping our Eastlake P-Patch expand.
    LISA HUMMEL and FRANK SHIELDS deserve special recognition for the exceptional effort and financial sacrifice they’ve given to our garden community.

  2. Carlie Traylor

    How do I get involved with the Eastlake P=Patch? I would love to volunteer or have a plot…Any suggestions?

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