Event set for Saturday morning at Main City Park

All summer long, a group of 30 volunteers, including 12 master gardeners, have been restoring the long neglected Japanese garden in Gresham's Main City Park.

Now, the Gresham Sister City Association's Japanese Garden Renovation Committee is inviting residents to tour the island garden, check out the progress and hear about a five-year improvement plan.

The tour/open house - complete with cookies - is from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 8, at Main City Park on the southeast corner of Main Avenue and Powell Boulevard. The garden is located on Tsuru Island, or Crane Island, across a bridge over Johnson Creek at the south end of the park.

As featured in the Aug. 30 issue of The Outlook, the garden was built in the 1970s with help from local Japanese farmers and the Japanese America Citizen League as a living memorial for the Nisei, or second generation Japanese-Americans.

This summer a group of volunteers spent hundreds of hours removing grass and brush, trimming plants and removing trees that were blocking off the area and causing safety concerns.

Volunteers hope to have the garden presentable some time next year in time for the 35 year anniversary of Gresham's sister city relationship with Ebetsu. Due to the devastation wrought by this year's tsunami, it is unknown when the delegation will come to Gresham as all extra Japanese funds are being diverted to the massive clean-up effort.

Saturday's open house will be held rain or shine. Contact Tomiko Takeuchi at 503-661-1579 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more details.

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