After years of quiet grumbling by parents about the school being girded in asphalt, approximately 6.5 tons of the material came up in about an hour thanks to enthusiastic volunteers and meticulous pre-cutting. Following the depave, the depleted soil underneath was removed by excavator. That soil was replaced with a new soil and compost blend and made ready for the planting. The new greenery was carefully selected to be all native plants that will thrive in our climate, be non-invasive and require minimal maintenance and should not need watering after they become established.
Thanks go to neighbor Diego Gioseffi who wrote the grant application, got it approved and arranged all of the work parties and contracted with the companies for the heavy work. This project follows up on his previous success of installing the bioswale in the King Neighborhood Facility parking lot. Once a huge puddle all winter, the lot now collects and filters all of its own runoff and new plantings have beautified the lot and are thriving. Thanks also go to East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District which provided the grant and to Depave for organizing the asphalt removal party. Don’t miss the planting party scheduled for Saturday, October 18th from 10 am to 1 pm. The King School calendar is at kingpta.org/calendar.