Downtown Bend merchants, pot dispensary spruce up neglected spot

The Downtown Bend Business Association and a Wall Street marijuana dispensary teamed up Thursday morning to clean up and beautify a prominent yet neglected corner at the northern "gateway" to the downtown area.

NewsChannel 21's Pedro Quintana was on hand to see what happened with the spot at the corner of Wall and Bond streets, and talk with those involved. His report is coming up on Fox at 4 and KTVZ at 5/6

Here's the Oregrown news release on the project:

Oregrown Industries, Oregon's leading farm-to-table cannabis company, is teaming up with the Downtown Bend Business Association Thursday to turn an overgrown patch of land near the company's flagship store at 1199 NW Wall Street into a landscaped pocket park.

"Oregrown is committed to being a positive force in our community," said Oregrown co-founder Aviv Hadar. "This goes beyond creating jobs and local ownership. This pocket park is a small project, but it's an authentic expression of who we aspire to be." 

A dozen volunteers from Oregrown and the Downtown Bend Business Association will remove weeds and plant lavender beds and other landscaping purchased by Oregrown. The new plants will be watered and maintained through the business association's Flower Basket Program, a project that provides more than 100 hanging flower baskets throughout the downtown area.

"This spot is the gateway to downtown Bend on the north side, and we are so happy to be partnering with Oregrown to improve it," said Rod Porsche, Executive Director of the Downtown Bend Business Association. "The area has needed attention for some time. It's great that the folks at Oregrown saw the need and are stepping up to keep downtown Bend beautiful." 

Hadar says Oregrown will continue to seek out opportunities be good neighbors.

"Oregrown is a locally owned business," Hadar said. "We love our craft, our city and our region. We are raising our families here. We're in it for the long haul."

Oregrown's flagship dispensary opens daily at 9:00am and can be found at 1199 NW Wall St. in beautiful downtown Bend, Oregon.

Oregrown is Oregon's premier farm-to-table cannabis company. Offering an upscale retail experience coupled with an amazing staff and high-end products including solventless extractions and one-of-a-kind cultivars, Oregrown continues to innovate, develop and release world-class offerings, cannabis delivery methods and applications to recreational customers and medical patients.

And here's some info shared by DBBA Executive Director Rod Porsche:

Seeing the return of the flower baskets up is a sure sign that summer is almost here and we’re ready to welcomeBendites and visitors to come enjoy all the upcoming downtown events: Farmers’ Market starts June 1st, Saturday Market kicks off this Saturday and many, many other events are planned in the coming weeks: Bend Beer ChaseJune 4th, Heaven Can Wait June 5th and Bite of Bend June 17th-19th.