Depave at Vestal School – August 8th 

August 1, 2009 by: Hindi Iserhott

Depave will help depave the way towards a new community garden at Vestal School in Northeast Portland. The all-volunteer run event will transform 15,000 square feet of the school yard blacktop into a community garden and outdoor learning space. City of Portland Mayor, Sam Adams, will also join in to help remove some of the asphalt at this exciting project! This project is funded by a grant from the Bureau of Environmental Services’ Community Watershed Stewardship Program.

The Vestal depave event will be held Saturday, August 8, 2009, beginning at 8:45 am for volunteer registration. Depaving will start at 9:00 am. The site is located in the school yard behind Vestal School, located at 161 NE 82nd Avenue, just south of NE Glisan Street. The event will end when all of the asphalt is removed – no later than 5pm.

Depave will provide volunteers with the all necessary tools, safety gear, water and sunscreen. Due to the physical nature of asphalt removal, volunteers should be prepared with the proper attire and footwear. Volunteers are still needed and interested parties are encouraged to contact or visit for more information on the organization’s mission and event specifics.

This will be the third depaving project of Depave Summer with Mosi Architecture and Creative Science School completed in June and July. Depave Summer has four more projects following the Vestal School event that will happen in late August and September. Stay tuned!! For more information on Depave’s projects or to find out how to get involved, please contact or visit

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2 Responses to “Depave at Vestal School – August 8th”
  1. M Realty says:

    Great! I love Depave and everything that they do. I also love that we have political figures in Portland that are helpful and encouraging to schools who want to create a community garden. I hope they check the soil for petroleum though, asphalt leeches stuff into the ground that can make it unsuitable to grow food.


  2. Becca Parker says:

    I love the depaving idea!
    I’d like to depave my driveway. Any way to get help with that?
    For others wanting to depave their driveways?
    Thanks much, Becca

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