Author Archive | Mary Ann Aschenbrenner

Pier Park Pick-Up 2016 Recap

April 23rd was the perfect day for the annual Pier Park Pick-Up. Volunteers from the disc golf community, New Seasons, TriMet, Community Inspired Professionals, and SOLVE came out. In all, 26 adults and six youth participated, clearing a 1/4 acres of blackberries and ivy and removing 15 bags of trash. Healthy treats and coffee were […]

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Do Something Good for Earth Day

On Saturday, April 23rd, join Friends of Pier Park, volunteers from the neighborhood, disc golf players, and many others to improve pathways through Pier Park, protect trees from errant discs, remove invasive plants, clear the tennis courts, etc. We will have delicious donuts from Tulip Pastry Shop, coffee from Starbucks, and plenty of smiles! Fun […]

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University of Portland Day of Service

Thank You to University of Portland Students Many hands make light work, or so the saying goes. On Saturday, March 19th, we saw that in action at Pier Park when 90 students came out to help remove invasive plants and graffiti, improve walkways and paths, and pickup litter and fallen tree limbs. In just a […]

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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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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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