The Crystal Springs Partnership, Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R), Portland Bureau of Environmental Services (BES), as well as non-profit and business partners invite all to a free, public celebration of Crystal Springs Creek. We will celebrate the creek as well as the restoration that has helped bring wild salmon back to the city.
The Salmon Celebration coincides with the Sellwood-Milwaukie Sunday Parkways bike ride presented by Kaiser Permanente. Similar to last year’s ride, the route takes us to Westmoreland Park where the Salmon Celebration is held. New for this year, Sunday Parkways takes riders to the City of Milwaukie. Details of the Sunday Parkways ride are here: portlandoregon.gov/transportation/67625
The Salmon Celebration will include 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. The event will be free and open to all. Details of the Salmon Celebration on the Crystal Springs Partnership website are here:
- Details on facebook are here: facebook.com/events/1578057335821319/
As co-chair of the Crystal Springs Partnership, I am proud to help put on this event. In 2014 we featured the re-opening of Westmoreland Park, including the restoration of Crystal Springs Creek and construction of the wildly-popular Nature Play area. In 2015 we continued to celebrate the creek, the ‘new normal’ that is our rejuvenated Westmoreland Park - habitat for both wildlife and people, as well as the constant stream of cyclists of Sunday Parkways enjoying the neighborhoods and parks of Southeast Portland.
This year, we continue to celebrate the restoration of the creek and the importance of this area to many cultures. With the new Bybee and Glenwood culverts in view from Westmoreland Park, we appreciate the investment in natural areas in the city. And, in a route not exactly as a fish would swim, the Sunday Parkway ride takes bikers to Milwaukie, to where Johnson Creek meets the Willamette River – a place familiar to fish migrating to Crystal Springs Creek.
We hope to see you on October 2nd.
Guest Writer: Karl Lee, for the Crystal Springs Partnership