Depave Projects

Where We’ve Depaved


Depave is based in Portland, Oregon. We collaborate with community partners such as schools, communities of faith, social service organizations, and small and/or community-focused businesses to implement urban greening projects across the Portland metro region. We focus our work in areas that are underserved, where reduced pavement and increased access to greenspace will have a major positive impact on the community. Contact us if you’ve got an idea for a project.

Lewis Elementary

Lewis Elementary

What a colorful crew! Over 85 volunteers helped us tear out over 2,000 square feet of pavement at Lewis Elementary to make way for two large rain gardens in the school courtyard and several raised beds. When: Depaved September 14th, 2013 Where: Meriwether...

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Arleta School

Arleta School

What a great depave! Over 90 volunteers dug in to rip up over 2,000 square feet of pavement at Arleta School to make way for two landscaped areas with trees, native plants, a story circle and benches around the playground. Next up - landscaping over the summer,...

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Portland Community College

Portland Community College

A dedicated crew of depavers kicked asphalt on this rad pilot at the Sylvania campus of Portland Community College. The project, a part of Tualatin Riverkeeper's 5,000 Acres Initiative, is an effort to pioneer low impact approaches to reduce stormwater runoff...

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Word & Spirit Church

Word & Spirit Church

Great depave to wrap up the season! A mighty crew from Word & Spirit Church and the surrounding neighborhood dug in to make way for a little bit of paradise in this corner parking lot. The new and improved lot still has plenty of parking, but now has trees, native...

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James John Phase 2

James John Phase 2

Planting the beds and the bioswale on October 13th went perfectly - a beautiful, clear fall day. Thanks to everyone who helped complete this two year project to transform the playground! •  •  •  •  • A stellar crew of dedicated volunteers braved...

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Hayhurst Elementary

Hayhurst Elementary

It was the hottest day of the year so far with temperatures reaching almost 100 degrees. But that didn't stop our hearty group of 20 volunteers from ripping up asphalt all day — THANK YOU! The pavement was thick, heavy, and practically melting beneath our feet. The...

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Baltimore Woods

Baltimore Woods

What a grand celebration! Over 150 depavers came out to kick off the transformation of the Baltimore Woods Connectivity Corridor from a two-acre parking lot into an Oregon white oak and native wildflower meadow. The festivities included a small celebratory...

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Driveway Workshop

Driveway Workshop

We had a blast ripping it up at our homeowner driveway workshop! Participants rocked it out with us to learn the basics of depaving the home landscape. Depaved: May 5, 2012 Where: North Portland, OR Size: 1,200 square foot driveway strip Download: Pics...

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Lake Oswego United Church of Christ

Lake Oswego United Church of Christ

In partnership with the Clackamas Soil and Water Conservation District, Depave lead a group of volunteers from the Lake Oswego United Church of Christ in depaving a section of their parking lot to expand an island planter into a bioswale with native plants....

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Disjecta Art Center

Disjecta Art Center

We are overjoyed to be a part of transforming Disjecta's parking lot into an amazing outdoor performance and gathering space!!! This project took a barren lot and totally revamped it with permeable hardscaping, native landscaping, and a performance space with an...

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Chief Joe

Chief Joe

This gorgeous Fall day was the perfect backdrop for our last depaving of 2011 at Chief Joseph Elementary School. This pocket depave along the northwest side of the school courtyard is a garden devoted to native perennial plants that were food and medicinal staples to...

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Frazer Park

Frazer Park

Neighbors came out of the soil at Frazer Park to crunch up the pavement in preparation for Portland's newest community garden! Many thanks to Commissioner Nick Fish and project partner - The Portland Parks - Community Gardens Program When: Depaved...

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Escuela Viva

Over 75 volunteers brought their A-game to the parking lot of the Escuela Viva Community School on a lovely, cool August morning. This depaving transformed nearly half of the 10,000 square foot lot into a soft surface playground complete with native plantings,...

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James John Elementary

James John Elementary

Depave joined forces with AC Portland and the St. Johns community to chop it up at James John Elementary School. This depaving clears the way for a soft-surface play and seating area around a new turf soccer field. Depaving was funded by a grant from the...

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Capitol Hill Elementary

Over 100 Depavers rocked the playground at Capitol Hill Elementary School. This depaving cleared the path for an expanded soft-surface play area - including new climbing and swinging equipment, a story circle, and lots of native trees for some much needed shade....

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Our Happy Block

Our Happy Block

Depave kicked off the 2011 season with 45 volunteers at Our Happy Block - who came together in the summer rain to break it apart. This depaving made way for four large rain gardens and several swales that  treat the stormwater runoff from the parking lot directly...

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SE Uplift

Depave celebrated the end of the 2010 season with this pocket-depave and nearly 25 volunteers who came out to bust it up on a lovely Fall morning. This demonstration project is a very small site - just over two parking spaces, and will allow SE Uplift to treat all the...

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Vermont Hills Community Garden

Vermont Hills Community Garden

Nearly 40 gardeners turned out to harvest the thin cracked asphalt at Vermont Hills Church in order to expand the existing 10,000 square foot garden, adding 16 half plots. This project was made possible by a partnership between the Vermont Hills Methodist Church,...

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Holy Redeemer: Part II

Holy Redeemer: Part II

We returned for phase two of a three-phase depaving project at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church and School started in 2009. Over 50 volunteers worked to complete additional depaving in 12 separate pockets, in preparation for soil amendments and native plantings to...

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New Day School

With the help of over 100 volunteers, the first site of Depave Summer 2010 in conjunction with City Repair’s Village Building Convergence was a blast! New Day School is a non-profit which provides universal, non-denominational education for preschoolers and...

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Holy Redeemer School: Part I

Holy Redeemer School: Part I

Over 50 volunteers from the neighborhood and Holy Redeemer Catholic School helped depave the church parking lot on this perfect fall day! The plan is to infiltrate roof and surface runoff with two pocket swales and a linear bed planted with natives. Holy Redeemer also...

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JOIN

JOIN

Over 45 volunteers joined together to tear it up in preparation for a garden space and landscaped entryway at JOIN's new facility. The homelessness transition center supports the efforts of homeless individuals and families to transition out of homelessness into...

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Kailash Ecovillage

We teamed up with the residents of Kailash to make way for new garden spaces at this unique rental-based co-housing community in SE Portland. Special thanks to Ole and Maitri for their awesome work. If you're in the neighborhood, be sure to check out this special...

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Vestal Elementary

Vestal Elementary

Over 100 volunteers came out to the largest Depave project of the summer to convert a huge blacktop playground into a community garden, one of the more amazing Depave feats yet! We removed about 6,000 sq ft of asphalt over the course of the day, and filled up 11 drop...

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Creative Science School

Creative Science School

A solid crew of volunteers gathered to remove lots of small, albeit very thick sections of asphalt on the Creative Science School blacktop. The areas made way for green space for outdoor learning and play. Thank you to all the volunteers who worked super hard to make...

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