Portland Memory Garden- Therapeutic Garden for Seniors (SE Portland, OR)
The Portland Memory Garden is part of the Portland public parks system and won the prestigious Therapeutic Garden Design Award from the American Horticultural Therapy Association (AHTA) in 2014. It is one of only 2 memory gardens in the US that is built on public land.
The Friends of the Portland Memory Garden oversees the caretaking of the garden with its mission statement “to enhance the lives of individuals with memory disorders and their caregivers by maintaining the Portland Memory Garden and providing therapeutic and educational activities.”
This therapeutic garden is especially intended for people with memory loss and their caregivers. Plants have been particularly selected to kindle memories and stimulate the senses thus giving pleasure in recognizing those from old-fashioned gardens of the past. It is also a resource for organizations and communities serving those with long-term health care needs, as exemplified by the annual free summer “Seniors in the Garden” program in which registered horticultural therapists guide clients and caregivers in the garden for activities and experiences. Check the website for registration details for this program.
The garden is open every day and offers accessible and wide pathways for safe mobility, comfortable ample seating, an ADA designed restroom, water fountains, and four-seasons of lush, sensory plant material. Ample street parking is available with easy sidewalk access for wheelchairs from buses or vans with lifts. Caregivers are encouraged to close the 2 large front gates in order to keep residents safe inside the confines of the garden while visiting. Gates should be reopened upon departing the garden.
Destination Address: At the corner of SE 104th and SE Bush, one block south off SW Powell Blvd.
Days/Hours of Operation: 7 days a week from dawn to dusk.
Admission: Free admission to all (For special arrangements please call Patty Cassidy at 503-313-7139 at least 48 hours in advance of visit to the garden.)
-Parking Fee? Yes, at curbside and in the lot across the street to the west at Ed Benedict Park
-Handicapped Parking? Yes
-Wheelchair Ramp? Not needed – fully accessible with lift at curbside
-Public Transit Available? Garden is one block from TriMet stop, Bus #9
RESTROOM ACCOMMODATIONS: Yes, ADA designed to accommodate wheelchairs and walkers
FOOD/DRINK AVAILABLE? No, but in spring through fall seasons water fountains are available and at adapted heights for wheelchair users
Contact Name: Patty Cassidy, HTR
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