Volunteers find 'good time' for Clackamette Park cleanup
New State Sen. Bill Kennemer (R-Canby/Oregon City) joined forces with Clackamas County Clerk Sherry Hall and former Oregon City Mayor Doug Neeley to clean up and plant seasonal bulbs at Clackamette Park with other community volunteers.
"After this terrible episode of ice and resulting destruction, we thought it was time to not just clean up debris but also plant late spring and summer bulbs to celebrate getting past all of this," Kennemer said.
Appointed to fill a vacated senate seat on Feb. 1, Kennemer's district includes Oregon City, Gladstone, Canby and Estacada. Neeley assisted in cleaning up downed limbs, trees and debris cleanup with youth volunteers from Rivers of Life Center, while Hall was pleased with others to be planting hundreds of bulbs sponsored by Pam Bloom of B&B Leasing (Oregon City Garbage Company). Bloom's company purchased several thousands of bulbs from a supplier in Wisconsin that would allow species of Narcissus, native Iris and other flowering species to provide for a late spring and summer bloom season not otherwise available at Clackamette Park. Sponsors of the event included the Oregon City Rotary Club, Oregon City Garbage Company and Rivers of Life Center.
Rivers of Life President Jerry Herrmann originally scheduled the cleanup for the weekend of the ice storm, but undeterred by having to cancel the event, rescheduled it for Saturday, Feb. 20.
"Obviously, this is a good time for a cleanup," Herrmann said. "I think it's appropriate that the Bloom family sponsored something that beautified everything after this mess we've been having."
On Saturday, March 13, Herrmann is asking for more volunteers to continue the park beautification, mulching and planting of native species. These plants, which will include more late spring and summer bulbs, are intended to support songbirds and mammals native to the 30-acre riverside landscape.
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