Portland observer. (Portland, Or.) 1970-current, September 28, 2016, MINORITY & SMALL BUSINESS WEEK SPECIAL EDITION, Page Page 17, Image 17

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    September 28, 2016
Minority & Small Business Week
Page 17
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Portland Mayor Charlie Hales posts a Facebook photo to
welcome Jamal Gardner to Ankeny Square at the North Park
Blocks, downtown. Gardner is the owner of Grubbin’, a food
cart, arts and music endeavor that now fills park space that
previously was underutilized.
Visionary Idea Now
Business Reality
brings life to
Ankeny Square
Grubbin’, a food cart, arts
and music endeavor created by
Portland’s Jamal Gardner, is
now active at Ankeny Square
in the North Park Blocks at
Southwest Ankeny and Burn-
Portland Parks & Recre-
ation chose Gardner’s pro-
posal out of 15 visionary and
competitive ideas to create
a welcoming presence at the
previously under-utilized park
space, and to help enhance the
entire area.
Grubbin’ offers daily food
carts and regular arts and mu-
sic offerings at the square.
“It is wonderful to see a
young entrepreneur’s vision
come to life, and even bet-
ter when it dovetails with the
needs of our City and parks
system,” says Portland Parks
& Recreation Director Mike
Abbaté. “When there are de-
sirable, family-friendly activ-
ities happening in a park, our
experience has clearly shown
that the surrounding neighbor-
hood benefits.”
Gardner says the idea of
Grubbin’ came from his desire
to create a one-stop shop for
family-friendly, multicultural
food and art.
“It’s my hope this will prove
to be a mutually beneficial re-
lationship between Grubbin’
and our clients, neighbors and
businesses, and the city,” he