Author Archive | Mary Ann Aschenbrenner

Pier Park Restrooms Need an Upgrade

The current – virtually open-air – Pier Park restrooms are unsafe, unsanitary, inaccessible for handicapped folks and rusting. In the images below we will compare our restroom facilities with those at Gabriel Park, Laurelhurst Park and Mt. Tabor Park – all Portland Parks and Recreation facilities. On July 8, 2015 Friends of Pier Park will speak with City […]

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Commemorating “Bloody Wednesday”

Solidarity at Pier Park during the 1934 Longshore Strike On Saturday, July 11th, the Pacific Northwest Labor History Association (PNLHA) will host a commemoration of Portland’s Bloody Wednesday. The event will feature a guided walk through the park as local historians join union members and the community to discuss what happened that day, the meaning […]

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Do something good this Saturday morning

We have Tulip Pastry treats ordered for Saturday’s Pier Park Pick-Up! Starbucks is providing coffee and Portland Parks is making sure we have tools, etc. Big welcome to Brian Cole who is organizing the disc golf crew for this event.  The disc golf folks will be finishing the pathway that runs by the tennis court. Other […]

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Rewards of Consistency

When we first imagined the Pier Park Pick-Up we knew it would take more than our ragtag board of volunteers to tackle the invasive ivy that covered the hillside along one sheltered valley and was established at the north end of the park as well. We knew we needed help. The encroaching ivy was a […]

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Letter to Mike Abatte

In March the Friends of Pier Park Board responded to the 2014-15 Portland Parks Requested Budget. The letter is below. March 14, 2014 Mike Abatte Director Portland Parks and Recreation Dear Mr. Abatte: Thank you for sharing the 2014-15 Portland Parks Requested Budget. It is great news that this is a “stabilized” budget. We appreciate […]

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Douglas Fir – Pseudotsuga menziesii

Walk through Pier Park and you find yourself walking under the high canopy of Oregon’s state tree  – the Douglas fir. Douglas firs definitely dominate the park’s landscape.  Coastal Douglas firs are the 2nd tallest trees in the world (2nd to the Redwood) and can live between 500 – 1000 years old. Douglas firs, named […]

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Board Election Jan. 22

Our nominees for the Friends of Pier Park Board are: Ryan Lynch – Chair Kelly Pergrande – Vice Chair Keola Morley – Treasurer Erin Etchison – Secretary Melissa Swope – Technology Officer Please come on out to the Wednesday, January 22nd meeting at 6:30 pm at the St. Johns Community Center to vote.  

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Chimney/Pier Park Communications

Friends of Pier Park is looking for a Chimney Park liaison to the FoPP board. The bridge is coming … let’s keep communication channels open! Please email us at connect@FriendsofPierPark.org.

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Mulch the Sequoia Grove

Mulch in the Sequoia Grove – Sept. 14th Join us on Saturday, September 14th from 10am – 1pm to spread mulch throughout the Sequoia Grove. In order to prevent damage to the tender Sequoia roots during the upcoming Chimney/Pier bridge construction, volunteers will spread mulch delivered by Portland Parks. Bring your own work gloves. If […]

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Free swim lessons at Pier Pool

Learn to swim FREE June 18 – 21 at any Portland Parks pool … including Pier Park! This session requires walk-in registration tomorrow, Sat, June 15, from 8:00-11:30 AM. Pier Pool is located at 9341 N. St Johns Ave.

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