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Portland Parks & Recreation

Healthy Parks, Healthy Portland

Phone: 503-823-7529

1120 SW Fifth Avenue, Portland, OR 97204

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Annual Salmon Celebration at Johnson Creek Park

Join in celebration of the return of our resilient salmon relatives! In partnership with the Native American Advisory Council (NACAC) as hosts, Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) and the Portland Bureau of Environmental Services (BES) invite all to a free, public event celebrating the healing of urban waters and return of salmon. Restoration of Crystal Springs Creek in 2014 renewed connections to the only undammed, unpiped, salmon-bearing watershed in the city. The following season, salmon were witnessed actively spawning in a stream bed missing salmon for over 100 years!

The Salmon Celebration will include a Native American blessing, a salmon bake demonstration, games, crafts, and inter-tribal activities. This annual event is free to attend and all are welcome. 

The Salmon Celebration will:

  • Celebrate the restoration of Crystal Springs Creek and the return of salmon to the city!
  • Educate neighbors about human beings’ connection to natural systems and our dependence on a healthy environment
  • Share the history, culture and experiences of Native Americans, the first inhabitants of our lands
  • Cultivate an environment of intercultural learning
  • Help increase stewardship of Crystal Springs Creek through participation in the Crystal Springs Partnership