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Our Last, but certainly not our least, Depave of 2017

Our Last, but certainly not our least, Depave of 2017

Over here at Depave, we are very excited for our final project of the season. While there are many reasons for our excitement, here are just three of them: The Partner Depave is nothing without its inspiring and motivated partners, and the M&M Marketplace is just...

Depave’s 10th Season – Where We’re Greening

Depave’s 10th Season – Where We’re Greening

Hi Depave enthusiasts! We are gearing up for our 10th season of ripping up pavement and building community. We have 6 straight depaves this season and are looking forward to busting the prybars out with old and new partners & volunteers. For those of you with a...

Depave NEO Breaks Ground on Pilot Project in Cleveland

Depave NEO Breaks Ground on Pilot Project in Cleveland

Since January, we've been collaborating with an awesome group of new pry bar champions coordinated by Cuyahoga River Restoration to get the Depave Northeast Ohio program in the ground. DepaveNEO is now the third cohort of our Depave Network training program....

We Stand Together

We Stand Together

Throughout the past 10 years, partners across the region have welcomed Depave into their vibrant communities with open arms. We at Depave are incredibly thankful for these opportunities to bring people together and transform lifeless places into community greenspaces...

Depave Proud Partner in Greening the Jade District

Depave Proud Partner in Greening the Jade District

 Recognized as a Neighborhood Prosperity Initiative (NPI) in outer southeast Portland located at SE Division Street and 82nd Avenue, the Jade District was cited as a growing environmental justice area by the staff of APANO (The Asian Pacific American Network of...

The Depave Crew: Making Magic Happen

The Depave Crew: Making Magic Happen

I won’t go as far to say that becoming a crew leader was the single most defining event of my life, but it is definitely in the top 5. All jokes aside, joining Depave is a worthwhile adventure that will bring a lifetime of fond memories. We are a close-knit group that...

Green Your Garden with Greywater

  Portlanders love their gardens. But have you ever stopped to consider how much water your garden consumes? Our abundant fall-winter-spring rainfall comes out of sync with the summer garden irrigation season. Peak water use by City of Portland residential...

Preparing for the Unexpected; Rainwater Harvesting

Preparing for the Unexpected; Rainwater Harvesting

5 Tips for Effective Rainwater Harvesting in Portland Portland averages around 37” of rain each year, mostly coming in the late fall, winter and spring. Ever consider catching some of that rain and saving it for later use? Rain barrels can be a great way to harvest...

Human Solutions’ Family Center – From “Vice to Nice”

Human Solutions’ Family Center – From “Vice to Nice”

What do Human Solutions and Depave have in common? Oddly enough, a vegan strip club. In 2015, Human Solutions acquired property that previously served as a strip club and transformed it into the East Portland Family Center: a family homeless shelter serving 130 adults...

How does depaving help make the Willamette River swimmable?

How does depaving help make the Willamette River swimmable?

Each July, hundreds of Portlanders jump into the Willamette River for The Big Float put on by Human Access Project. But is the Willamette River really safe to swim in? Frequent water quality tests reveal that the answer is yes. Bacteria levels are consistently well...

Propose a Depave Project

Propose a Depave Project

We're always looking for great candidate sites to depave and regreen in the Portland Metro area. Depave projects typically take about a year to plan, fund and implement, and we are currently seeking sites for the 2016 or 2017 summer-fall depaving season. Project...

Welcome to the Depaving

Welcome to the Depaving

Hello, I'm Brynn. I am usually the first person volunteers meet upon arriving at our events. Here's my Depave story. I was hooked after going to my first depaving event in 2012. I wanted more. More earth between my fingertips. More community building. More...

PDX ID – Speaker Series

PDX ID – Speaker Series

Design & Identity, Powered by PechaKucha Presented by ASLA Oregon & Depave    Intrigued by the intersection of local identity and design? Join us for a casual evening to explore how a spectrum of design disciplines relate to our identity through a series...

What does half a staff member look like?

What does half a staff member look like?

Howdy, friends! I’m Meghan, Depave’s newest employee. You might be wondering what kind of person works for such a cool nonprofit. Read on to find out. I didn’t grow up liking the outdoors very much. I didn’t spend summer vacations camping or visiting National Parks....

Bag It Forward at New Seasons Market

Bag It Forward at New Seasons Market

Help Depave secure a spot in New Seasons' Bag it Forward donation campaign by voting January 13-26 at the Grant Park and Arbor Lodge store locations. Customers can vote to elect one nonprofit for each of the Market's three tenets of giving: fighting hunger, supporting...

How I Fell in Love with Depave

How I Fell in Love with Depave

I was thrilled to receive Executive Director Eric Rosewall's email last year inviting me to apply to be on the board of Depave because just months earlier, I had fallen in love with the organization after an amazing event at the Muslim Community Center. It felt the...

Depave in the Give!Guide

We're proud to be in the 2015 Give!Guide sponsored Willamette Week! The Give!Guide is the Portland-Vancouver region's premier holiday season fundraiser that facilitates year-end giving to a variety of Portland-area nonprofits. Over 150 organizations included in this...

Join the Crew

Join the Crew

Do you want to do more to help Depave?  Interested in learning about opportunities to volunteer using your brain instead of your body? We're always seeking new volunteers to help behind the scenes in our four committees: Projects Planning & Implementation...

2014 Season Kickoff Party

2014 Season Kickoff Party

Need some refreshments after the North Portland Sunday Parkways event on June 22nd? Join Depave and friends for a relaxing garden party social at Peninsula Park Commons, just 1 block off the Sunday Parkways route and across the street from Peninsula Park. We will have...

Community + Design, Powered by PechaKucha – Oct 8th

Community + Design, Powered by PechaKucha – Oct 8th

We've teamed up with PechaKucha Portland and the American Society of Landscape Architects for Portland Design Week happening October 4-11, for the return of our Community + Design Showcase, powered by PechaKucha. We're celebrating local efforts to integrate design and...

Depave Opposes Water District Initiative

Depave Opposes Water District Initiative

Protect Portland’s Clean Water Depave urges you to VOTE NO on the Portland Public Water District Initiative on the May 2014 ballot.   A diverse coalition of community groups is coming together to encourage Portlanders to vote NO on a May 2014 initiative to strip...

Pecha Kucha 2013

We've teamed up with the American Society of Landscape Architects for the Portland Design Festival happening during October. We're showcasing and celebrating local efforts to integrate Design and Community by hosting a series of seven minute “pecha kucha” style...

Measure 26-152 Passes!

Restore Our Natural Areas Local Option Levy Passes! This five-year levy will improve water quality in local streams and rivers, and restore 16,000 acres of our region’s natural areas, and will only cost $20 per household per year and. Learn more about Measure...

Join Our Board

Join Our Board

We're looking for new members to join our Board of Directors! Depave is led by a hard-working volunteer Board Members, and is looking to add a few more. Do you want to use your skills, connections, and ideas to help the organization thrive and evolve in the coming...