February Meeting Minutes

Friends of Pier Park Meeting: February 8th, 2016 St Johns Community Center – Room 1 Attendance: Matt Kuntz (Chair) Kelly Pergande (Vice Chair) Erin Etchison (Secretary) Brian Cole (Technology Officer) Mary Ann Aschenbrenner (member – active) Stephanie Haas (member – inactive) Quorum fulfilled. Meeting called to order @ 6:33pm Announcements: Update from North Parks Advisory […]

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Minutes from January Meeting

Friends of Pier Park Meeting: January 11, 2016 St Johns Community Center – Room 1   In attendance: Matt Kuntz(Chair) Kelly Pergande(Vice Chair) KeolaMorely(Treasurer) Brian Cole(Technology Officer) Mary Ann Aschenbrenner (member) Alex Salazar(PPR) Quorum fulfilled.   Meeting called to order @ 6:35 pm (Minutes were taken by Kelly in the secretary’s absence)   November meeting(potluck […]

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Disc Golf Closure

Grimm is prepping for filming this week, November 9th – 14th, 2015 at Pier Park. Preparation begins Monday and filming will be Wednesday – Saturday with late night shooting. They have requested the following closures on the disc golf course: Holes #5, #6 and #7 for all hours Mon, 11/9 – Sat, 11/14. Close # 8 […]

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Looking for Leaders

Our success has always come from motivated and resourceful leadership. For the past several years Ryan Lynch (Chair) and Kelly Pergande (Vice Chair) have guided Friends of Pier Park, led the drive to improve Pier Park’s disc golf course, saved a portion of the fallen Sequoia to install as a bench, and testified at City […]

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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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” Pink Dawn” Viburnum x bodnantense

A harbinger to early spring, the “Dawn” viburnum is also a good antidote to the winter blahs on a dreary gray sky January day. While all other deciduous trees and shrubs only hint at a sign of life with their tight buds, the viburnum has already burst into clusters of tiny pink flowers blooming on […]

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Vine Maple – Acer circinatum

Adding a decorative understory contrast to our stately tall conifers are the native vine maples.  While vine maples can be single trunked, they more typically are multi-stemmed large shrubs with the telltale maple leaves and elegant tiered branching like that of Japanese maples. In the fall, the vine maple leaves provides a soft yellow glow […]

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Western Red Cedar – Thuja plicata

Known to the native Americans as the “tree of life”, the Western red cedar provided them with virtually everything they needed for their lives. Every part of the tree was used. Tools, baskets and fishtraps were made from the ropey branches, the strong fiber of its roots were woven into hats and headgear, and the […]

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