11/8/2013 2:56 PM
Port of Portland staff and their friends and families spent a sunny morning in October volunteering alongside SOLVE, Friends of Baltimore Woods and St. Johns residents. The group of 50 volunteers planted 500 native tree and plant species at the gateway to the Baltimore Woods Connectivity Corridor. The corridor is located in North Portland and stretches between Pier Park and Cathedral Park, in the shadow of the St. Johns Bridge. Friends of Baltimore Woods has been working tirelessly with the help of local government agencies, nonprofits, and a small army of volunteers to restore the rare remnant patch of oak forest and to create a future greenway. In addition to the ecological and recreational benefits the site provides, it also serves as a buffer between industrial land uses along the Willamette River, including the Port’s marine Terminal 4, and nearby St. Johns residential neighborhoods.
We look forward to watching the little saplings as they grow!
11/9/2012 1:08 PM
Our community partners are doing some wonderful work and there are a couple of ways you can get involved. We may be nearing the peak rainy season, but there are still plenty of reasons to get outdoors and make a difference in your neighborhood. Friends of Baltimore Woods has already hosted a number of successful volunteer events and continues to team up with SOLVE to hold volunteer work parties in St. Johns to remove invasive species and plant native trees and shrubs. Baltimore Woods is a remnant of a native white oak forest and the all-volunteer group Friends of Baltimore Woods is seeking to create a linear park that connects Cathedral Park with Pier Park and would provide access for recreation and education purposes. The next two work parties will take place on this Saturday, November 10 and Saturday, December 1. Use SOLVE's online volunteer registration page to sign up.
Also this month, the Oregon Environmental Council kicked off their most recent Love Your River challenge, focusing on how you can help prevent pollution in storm drains. The challenge encourages the public to engage in at least one of three actions including clearing your street's storm drain, refraining from dumping into storm drains and volunteering to assist in labeling storm drains. If you're willing to take on the challenge, you could be the lucky recipient of a Patagonia backpack or this year's grand prize: a four-person tent, two sleeping pads, and two camp chairs from REI.
10/4/2012 11:29 AM
Last Saturday, Port employees were joined by Starbucks employees, University of Portland students, the Portland AmeriCorps Alums group and few local residents for a SOLVE Beach and Riverside Cleanup event at West Hayden Island. The cleanup is one of over 100 similar events that occurred in Oregon in September.
The island provides public access on the beach up to the ordinary high water mark and plenty of litter and debris had accumulated since the last time we held a cleanup event in 2011. The group of 128 volunteers removed 2,800 pounds of litter and debris. We would like to deliver a big thank you to all who participated in the cleanup. Please visit our Facebook page for a few photos from the event.
8/30/2012 1:16 PM
If you want an excuse to get down to the water in mid-September, RiverFest may be the event for you. The annual festival is now in its fifth year and will take place from Sept. 21-23. It features an assortment of river-related activities in Portland, up and down the Willamette River.
For the athletically-inclined, Cathedral Park will serve as the backdrop for the Portland Triathlon, recognized as the Greenest Triathlon in the U.S. by Triathlete Magazine in 2010. The event will be held concurrently with the family-friendly River Fair, also taking place at Cathedral Park. For those that prefer a more leisurely place, Alder Creek Kayak and Portland Kayaking Company will be offering kayak tours closer to downtown. While you are there, be sure to check out SOLVE’s RiverFest Cleanup, OMSI’s OMNIMAX Theater showings and Industry & Art - all taking place in conjunction with RiverFest.
View the event schedule at www.portlandriverfest.org for more information about the events, times and costs.