Give Back to Your Favorite Natural Area Park this Earth Day on April 22!
Portland Parks Stewardship Program is hosting multiple volunteer events all around the city for you to get out and do some good for the planet this Earth Day. These events are part of the statewide SOLVE IT for Earth Day program, and you can register and see full details on the SOLVE website.
- Sat 4/22 Friends of Woods Memorial Park Earth Day
- Sat 4/22 Stewardship Saturday Wilkes Creek Headwaters Earth Day Ivy Pull
- Sat 4/22 Kelley Point Park Cleanup
- Sat 4/22 Restore Terwilliger Parkway
- Sat 4/29 Last Saturday Weed Warrior Service Project for April
PP&R's 13th Annual No Ivy Day - Results!
On October 29, 2016, there was over 350 volunteers that came out to steward a natural area at 18 sites all over Portland-Metro area. The results were outstanding:
- 1,050 volunteer hours contributed of labor to the fight against invasive species
- 130 trees were cleared of ivy
- more than 80,000 square feet (about 2 acres) of ground ivy was removed.
New Funding for Errol Heights Park!
Portland Parks Commissioner Amanda Fritz announced she is designating $5.3 million in funding towards transforming Errol Heights Park into the hybrid natural area and developed park envisioned in the 2005 park Master Plan.
Volunteer groups such as Friends of Errol Heights, Friends of Trees and Johnson Creek Watershed Council have been dedicated stewards of the Errol Heights property for many years. A whopping 150 members of these groups came out to plant native trees and shrubs in a newly acquired parcel of the Errol Heights natural area on November 19, 2016. See photo above!
Improvements in Phase 1 of the Errol Heights Master Plan may include:
- Additional and improved paths
- Enhancements to the natural area portion of the park
- A grass lawn and new plantings
- Street improvements
- Amenities for play and/or sports
- A picnic and/or gathering area
- A Portland Loo or other restroom facility
“This funding is a tremendous start on the road to realizing the park’s unique vision, one which has a wide appeal for all park visitors. We extend our sincerest thanks to the City.” says Paul Ciri with the Friends of Errol Heights. Check out our PP&R stewardship calendar for upcoming volunteer events happening at Errol Heights. The park is located between SE 45th to 52nd Avenues and from SE Harney Street to SE Tenino Street in the Brentwood-Darlington neighborhood. Feel free to stop by and check out this beautiful space!
Exciting New Projects Happening in Southwest Portland!
Friends of Marquam Nature Park and Friends of Terwilliger Parkway have been busy working on projects in our SW natural areas. Here is an update of two projects happening in our SW natural areas.
One project "Connecting Portland's Urban Forest" is a 3-year grant bringing together many partners to target restoration, stewardship, and interactive learning across the public and private properties in an 85 acre within the larger Westside Wildlife Corridor; defined as the area between Forest Park and Tryon Creek natural area. This project has helped both groups increase their volunteer numbers and outreach.Community volunteers and youth crews will help remove invasive species. The Terwilliger Parkway is used by local residents as well as people from the regional area and even visitors from across the country visiting family and friends. They continue to hike, walk, run, and bike.
To learn more about this project, check out this story map created by PSU student Andrew Addessi.
"Terwilliger-Marquam Healthy Watershed Engagement" was a 1 year grant to target, engage, and educate 500 neighbors of these two parks about the importance of healthy watersheds and how residents can be involved in their community. The first phase of the project involved developing a "listening and action pledge project" then canvassing door-to-door in the targeted area. Residents were asked a series of questions such as the importance of removing invasive species in their yards and our area public parks, and how they want to be involved. Working in pairs, the volunteers targeted houses adjacent to these two public parks to emphasize the connectivity of public-private land restoration. The canvassing activities were conducted by student, resident, and partner volunteers. The interaction and commitment we received from our Terwilliger Parkway neighbors was amazing. Some highlights include: valuing the Parkway for non-car use by hiking, biking and running; signing up to volunteer at our monthly work parties and remove invasives on their property: and committing to driving the posted speed of 25 mph. People expressed that they love the Parkway and choose to live here because of the Parkway.
Oaks Bottom Tadpole Pond Project
By Laura Guderyahn
City Nature East recently completed a challenging project at Oaks Bottom / Tadpole Pond. Ecologist Laura Guderyahn helped develop and implement an innovative way for school groups to get closer to the Oaks Bottom pond without disturbing the habitat and the wildlife that live there. Tadpole Pond was created several years ago specifically as an education area for school and community groups to learn about water quality, wetland habitats, and the wildlife that live in them. However, with dozens of groups visiting the pond each year, the shoreline was getting trampled and the water was always muddy. To protect the pond and make the site more enjoyable for visitors, Parks Staff, staff flawlessly transported and placed 22 large boulders as a stone bridge across the pond, creating easy and safe access all the way across the wetland as well as along the shoreline. Now folks can keep their feet dry and the critters safe while learning about what makes this place special. Stop by Oaks Bottom and check it out!