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Dodge Park Cart Wins First Place at Sandy Parade

By Lindsay Wochnick

Pennen, far left, and familyThe Portland Water Bureau’s Dodge Park has been used as a natural respite from the summer heat for more than 100 years by locals and Portlanders alike. Today, an ever increasing number of families enjoy the outdoors while camping at the park, located at the confluence of the Sandy and Bull Run rivers.

When Water Bureau Seasonal Park Attendant Pennen discovered that the theme for the City of Sandy’s 42nd Annual Sandy Mountain Festival was “Celebrating the Great Outdoors,” she came up with a creative way to promote the park and provide for some family fun on a sunny Saturday. 

Pennen usually drives the bureau’s utility cart around the park emptying trash, weed-cutting lawns, and cleaning fire pits and restrooms. To star in the parade, she gave the cart a good cleaning and decorated it as a camp site, complete with tent, lantern, camp chair, and trees. Her husband, Conway, a Water Bureau Watershed Specialist, drove the cart in the parade, while son Caiou and Pennen walked alongside, waving to onlookers.

Pennen was very surprised to learn that her ‘float’ had won first place in the miscellaneous category.

Way to go Pennen, Conway, and Caiou!

Get to Know Dodge Park
Located at the confluence of the Sandy and Bull Run rivers, Dodge Park is a playground in Portland’s backyard. Just 20 miles east of Portland, the park offers seasonal camping, year-round picnicking, fishing, and boating. The park is owned and managed by the Portland Water Bureau, which has a watershed maintenance facility nearby.

To learn more day use, the boat launch, camping, or reserving the Community Hall at Dodge Park, visit

Terry Black
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