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Volunteers to build community garden in memory of parks advocate


Serena Calder, Environmental Services
Phone: (360) 397-2121 ext. 5290

Sally Fisher, Environmental Services
Phone: (360) 397-2121 ext. 4939

Vancouver, WA – Sixteen new community garden beds will be available for public use in Pacific Community Park as a result of the combined efforts of volunteers, an Eagle Scout and a generous private donation.

The site will be named the Florence Wager Community Garden in memory of the avid volunteer and longtime advocate for parks, recreation and healthy living who died last August. A private donor has contributed $5,000 toward the project in her honor.

As part of Earth Month, a volunteer work party has been scheduled for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 13, at the park. Volunteers will spread gravel, build the garden beds and spruce up the nearby demonstration gardens.

Fourteen-year-old Chad Richards is coordinating the community gardens as part of his Eagle Scout project. Shur-Way Building Centers will provide materials for 16 cedar raised beds at a reduced cost.

The raised beds will be 1 foot high, 4 feet wide and 16 feet long. A bed will cost $30 to lease for the season.

Pacific Park is at Northeast 172nd Avenue and Northeast 18th Street near east Vancouver. The 56-acre park features walking trails, an off-leash dog park, a skate park, a picnic shelter and a Naturally Beautiful Backyards demonstration garden site installed in 2010. The addition of the community garden was included in the original plans for the park and is the final phase of the Naturally Beautiful Backyards site.

Anyone who wants to volunteer for Saturday’s work party or reserve a raised bed should contact Serena Calder at (360) 397-2121 ext. 5290 or

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