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About The P-Patch
A Garden Guarded by a Troll
Fremont has long been known for its iconic Troll. This silver-eyed concrete sculpture clutches a Volkswagen Beetle while huddled beneath the Aurora Avenue Bridge. Locals and tourists alike flock to the Fremont Troll for photo-ops and festive occasions, but since its completion in 1990, the land flanking this piece of public art primarily harbored blackberry brambles.
Thanks to a 2008 Parks Levy grant, a 2015 Neighborhood Matching Fund grant, and the work of dedicated volunteers, the Fremont Troll now shares the space to the northwest of the bridge with a small park and community garden. Situated on the north side of the park, the Troll's Knoll P-Patch boasts a tool shed designed by the community as well as views of Mt. Rainier to the south. This garden also gives back to the neighborhood by donating a portion of its organic, locally grown produce to area food banks and meal programs. With the garden's opening in 2016, the Center of the Universe has been able to cultivate more than just its funky artistic sense and does so guarded by the neighborhood's most famous troll.