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Those who fill out the Explore Gresham passport will receive a free water bottle.

COURTESY PHOTO: CITY OF GRESHAM  - People who visit a Gresham business and three Gresham parks, greenspaces or trails will recive a free Explore Gresham water bottle. The city of Gresham's parks and recreation department has introduced its new Explore Gresham passports, which encourages residents and visitors to explore the city's 30 different parks, green spaces and trails during the summer as well as local businesses.

The passports can be downloaded on the city's website or picked between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday to Friday at Gresham City Hall, 1333 N.W. Eastman Parkway, Gresham.

"The city of Camas has a similar program across the river called the 'Trails to Tables Challenge,'" said Joe Walsh, Gresham's Parks and Recreation Program Manager. "It's a great way to encourage residents to support local businesses and get out and explore, so we decided to do something similar in Gresham."

Once the passport is acquired, people must visit three different Gresham parks, green spaces or trails and one Gresham business. Once those trips are recorded on the passport, participants can turn in their completed passport at City Hall.PMG FILE - Parks and Recreation Program Manager Joe Walsh hopes the Explore Gresham passport will encourage residents to visit the city's many parks and natural areas like Nadaka Nature Park.

Participants will be rewarded with a signature Explore Gresham 32-ounce water bottle, which includes an intake tracker to ensure Gresham explorers stay hydrated during their next local adventure.

Water bottles can be redeemed at City Hall from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, through the end of August or while supplies last. Walsh also hopes that people who fill out the passports also leave comments on their experiences and suggestions on how the city could improve their parks and natural areas.

People can also tag @CityofGresham on Instagram and Facebook and use the #ExploreGresham hashtag so others can see the natural amenities the city has to offer.

Walsh said the city has plans to continue the passport program in 2023.

"We're already thinking about adding new elements to next year's program, and if folks have ideas for other passports, they should include those in their comments," Walsh said.

Any questions about the Explore Gresham passport can email {obj:64562:Walsh}.

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