The fourth annual Salmon Celebration is set for Sunday, September 24th in Westmoreland Park to celebrate restoration of Crystal Springs, Portland’s first Salmon Sanctuary. The event is from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and celebrates the return of salmon to Crystal Springs Creek with a Native American blessing, a salmon bake demonstration (with samples!), storytelling for all ages, fun and interactive inter-cultural activities, and ways to learn about and get involved in the watershed. It's also the city's first "Salmon in Our City" Day.
This year's Salmon Celebration will be part of the Sellwood-Milwaukie Sunday Parkways, one of five Sunday Parkways events organized by the Portland Bureau of Transportation. Check out the new Sunday Parkways route map for Sept. 24th. Find out more about the next Sunday Parkways event here and on Facebook @PortlandSundayParkways. And look for the Environmental Services booth where you can pick up free salmon hats and ‘swim’ with the river of bicycles.
The Crystal Springs Partnership is organizing the Salmon Celebration with support from Portland Parks & Recreation, Environmental Services, the Portland Bureau of Transportation and other groups. The partnership is a group of community members, organizations, and city representatives who work with the Johnson Creek Watershed Council on restoration in the Crystal Springs watershed.
Recognizing the successful restoration at Crystal Springs, and the importance of salmon in our past and future, Commissioner Nick Fish led City Council to proclaim Sept. 24 as the first annual “Salmon in Our City Day” and designated Crystal Springs as the first Salmon Sanctuary. As more streams are restored, the City will designate additional sanctuaries. To find out more about salmon in our city and restoration projects, visit the Environmental Services’ Salmon in Portland web page.