Touchstone Paver Campaign
Paving the way for a sustainable future for the Garden.
Enter Ebetsu Plaza, a new addition to the Gresham Japanese garden that brings together the community and further connect Gresham with its sister city, Ebetsu Japan.
The Ebetsu Plaza serves as a public gathering place, workshop and event venue for all of Gresham to enjoy. The Touchstone paver walkway is 7 feet wide by 50 feet long with the capacity to lay over 2000 bricks. Ebetsu Plaza is a plaza at the end of Main City Park before you reach Springwater Trail.
To create a maintenance endowment fund secured by Edward Jones and 100% supported by the City of Gresham, Friends of Gresham Japanese Garden have launched a Touchstone Paver campaign to raise the endowment funds. Each touchstone paver is an opportunity for individuals to make a donation and support the project and its community partners.
“We were originally going to name it Tsuru Plaza, but we realized it would be perfect to name it Ebetsu Plaza,” Card said.The plaza consists of thousands of stone tiles, with benches and lots of Japanese-themed fauna. The highlight is 12 Akebono Cherry Trees donated by J. Frank Schmidt & Son Co. nursery in Boring. In 15 years, the trees will stretch 20 feet into the air. Every April, they will bloom with beautiful pink blossoms. Ebetsu Plaza, made using recycled and repurposed materials, is now a visually striking gateway into the community. The tiles that make up the walkway were left over from the Japanese Garden, while stones surrounding the space were the original mile markers on the Springwater Corridor Trail. “This plaza will be people’s first impression of Gresham,” said Clark, the owner of Stamp-Connection in downtown Gresham. “Some have a bad view toward our community, so this tips the opinion back to what we really are — a tight-knit community of hardworking people.”