When Katie Swanson volunteered working at farms while in high school, she knew she’d found her calling in life. Growing up in the Portland area, she had the privilege of exploring many venues for urban farming. She worked at the 47th Avenue Farm which had the first CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program in Portland.
Few cities have over 30 miles of single-track trail just moments from downtown. You could be working at The Gaucho Collective, a downtown co-working space, throw on your running shoes and be in Moore Park in less than ten minutes. Throughout the trail system there are views of the Klamath Lake, the basin and Mt. Shasta. You can even see to the rim of Crater Lake on a clear day.
Last year saw the United States’ most deadly wildfire season in the past century, and the last several years have witnessed catastrophic wildfires too close to Klamath County for comfort. In 2018 Environmental Protection Agency air monitoring reports confirmed the most poor air quality days on record for the Klamath Basin, due to wildfire smoke.
The most popular place for families to cool down is the Splash Pad at Wiard Park. Located at 2600 Wiard Street, this playground opens the day after the County School District is out with hours from noon to 8 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Gazebos are available, so pack your lunch and enjoy a day outdoors. There is no fee for Splash Pad usage.
Sharing fresh produce is one of the joys of having a backyard garden. Lettuce, one of the first plants ready to harvest, readily lends itself to a Salad Party. This is a fun and healthy way to eat veggies and spend time with friends and neighbors. Fill a very large bowl with as many different kinds of lettuce as you can grow.
The Klamath Falls Downtown Association (KFDA) is facilitating downtown renovations both by giving and receiving grants. To help improve the exteriors of some of Klamath’s historic buildings downtown, the KFDA joined with the City of Klamath Falls to award grants. And to help renovate building interiors and provide much-needed housing, the KFDA applied for a grant from the Oregon Main Street Revitalization Grant program.
Klamath has lower costs than most markets in Oregon, a strong business climate, and two local colleges to provide a skilled workforce. And like many growing communities around the nation, Klamath faces a shortage of housing. But Klamath organizations are working together to fix that problem.