BEND, OR -- Owners of a local cannabis company have said they want to be good neighbors. Thursday, OreGrown put those words to action.
"Right on Wall Street, there was this abandoned triangle of land that nobody had noticed or done any work on for about seven or eight years. This is right across the street from our dispensary. So, we approached the City of Bend, and the City of Bend worked with us to organize volunteers," Co-owner Aviv Hadar tells KBND News. He says when they started it was, "Really overgrown with weeds, cigarette butts and invasive species. And now, after we cleaned it up, it's so dramatic; such a dramatic difference."
Hadar says a crew of eight OreGrown employees and three others cleaned out trash and weeds, laid bark and planted lavender on the small corner plot at Wall and Bond.
The spot is a gateway into Downtown Bend on the north said, and Hadar says the Downtown Bend Business Association appreciates the effort. "Basically, we put together this project and called it a 'pocket park.' They're working on a plaque that says 'this area is maintained by Downtown Bend and OreGrown' that's going to be there permanently. And, we're going to be responsible for maintaining it, watering the lavender, cutting it back every year. It's going to smell beautiful."