Volunteers to spread bark chips, collect trash at 20-acre green space near Reynolds High.

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Members of a FedEx Ground work party pose for a photo on Saturday, Nov. 4, after a hard day of work at Columbia Park in Troutdale.Employees of a local FedEx shipping warehouse have officially adopted Columbia Park in Troutdale.

The sponsorship has FedEx Ground volunteers sprucing up trails and collecting stray trash at the 20-acre park located at 1900 S.W. Cherry Park Road next to Reynolds High School.

"I'm very proud of the relationship we have with them," notes Parks Superintendent Tim Seery. "They were really adamant about wanting to adopt a park."

Seery says he was initially approached in October by Chris Kurtz — a maintenance service manager at the facility in the Troutdale Reynolds Industrial Park — who wanted to help improve the community.

Plans came together on Saturday, Nov. 4, when a cadre of workers spread bark chips and enjoyed a barbecue meal. On Saturday, Jan. 27, another volunteer crew will take a stab at trail maintenance. Repainting the public restrooms is tentatively scheduled once the weather warms up.

"I'm always interested whenever we can make a positive change and contribution to our community," explains Shane Spannaus, a FedEx senior manager for the Northwest who lives in Troutdale.

He noted that FedEx has pledged to invest $200 million by 2020 in the towns and cities it serves. Most of the package handlers working in Troutdale live in East Multnomah County.

"This is one of our larger facilities, and we really want to continue our outreach to the local communities where we have a large population," Spannaus continued.

Columbia Park devotes roughly 10 acres to a soccer field and the Imagination Station playground, while the other half is a conservation forest with walking trails.

Other sponsors of Columbia Park include the Troutdale Kiwanis and the Northwest Steelheaders, a nonprofit organization. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Three FedEx Ground employees spread bark chips along the nature trails in a 10-acre forest in Columbia Park in Troutdale.

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