West Linn's Adopt-A-Park program proves popular
The City of West Linn Parks and Recreation Department is always looking for volunteers to partner with in the park system. West Linn Parks and Recreation established the Adopt-A-Park Program in early 2018, so that community groups, families or individuals have a simple means to aid us in ensuring parks, trails and facilities are clean, green and fun. Volunteers, under direction of the Parks & Recreation Department, assume responsibility for a project or portion of an adopted park and agree to participate in park improvements a minimum of four times a year, for a one-year period.
Groups and organizations volunteer for a variety of reasons. Some wish to give back to the community in which they reside, some desire to make a difference to the people around them and some just enjoy the social aspect of volunteering with neighbors. For others, volunteer work provides an opportunity to develop new skills or build on existing experiences and knowledge.As of this writing there are eight parks in the West Linn system that have been adopted by individuals and/or groups. The volunteers include neighbors of parks, helpful citizens, neighborhood association members and long term volunteers. We can always use more volunteers for this program. To learn more visit westlinnoregon.gov/parksrec or call 503-557-4700.
Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities
Saturday, Aug. 17, Maddax Woods, 9 a.m.-noon — Work parties occur on the third Saturday of every month. Volunteers as young as 13 years old are welcome to help clean trails and the garden area. Tools and refreshments are provided. Activities include invasive plant removal, litter cleanup, maintenance and monitoring, trail blazing and path paving.
Saturday, Aug. 17, McLean House, 9 a.m.-noon — Join the Friends of McLean volunteers in their efforts to care for the historic home and surrounding park, located on the banks of the Willamette River in West Linn. We will be removing invasive plants, weeding, trimming, raking and generally giving the park and surrounding trails a summertime sprucing up.
Saturday, Aug. 24, Sahallie Illahee Park, 10 a.m.-noon — Help us restore this beautiful neighborhood park. We will remove ivy, blackberries and other invasive plants. Some tools and gloves provided, feel free to bring your own. Snacks will be available.
Wilderness Park Restoration, Sept. 28, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. — Friends of Wilderness Park is a new group linking up to help make this 52-acre park a little more beautiful and to remove invasive plants like ivy and blackberry bushes. Dress for the weather; wear long sleeves and long pants. Snacks will be available.
Register for these volunteer projects in advance through SOLVE at solveoregon.org
Ken Warner is the City of West Linn's Assistant Parks and Recreation Director.
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