Planting Zen in Siskiyou Square

46newpath60043newpath450Did you know that we have a City Park on Siskiyou Square? The path that begins on 82nd Avenue and goes along the road, through the garden, through the orchard, and out onto the street leading to Russell Place, making Rocky Butte accessible from 82nd Avenue, is being funded by Metro. When completed, it will be about a half-mile long. Part of the Russell Place end of that path got cleared Wednesday as part of the work party.

33urbanite477Wednesday’s work party focused on the southeast corner of the property in working toward completion of that path. We are using urbanite, chopping it up with sledge hammers, and lining the path with it. We also removed silt fencing, used the stakes from that to go with our newly-planted trees and the fencing itself to line the path.

62gardenbeds&sodo450Individual residents are working on garden beds, which are greening up, as trees leaf out, grass grows everywhere, and spring swings into action on the land.

We have work parties every Wednesday on the property from about 9:30am to about 3:30pm. Come in the gate at NE 85th and Siskiyou and look for people out toward the Sodo. We break for mid-day zazen from 11:30am to 12:30pm at Uji on the property, and lunch at 12:30pm at the 85th house (3155 NE 85th, a block from the main gate).