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A celebration of the end of the season for volunteers at Tideman-Johnson Park in Ardenwald

DAVID F. ASHTON - At the gathering, Ardenwald-Johnson Creek Land Use Chair Lisa Gunion-Rinker and Portland Parks & Recreation Natural Area Stewardship Coordinator Susan Hawes shared a laugh. Wrapping up their latest season of maintaining the Tideman Johnson Natural Area, the all-volunteer group, "Friends of Tideman Johnson" got together on June 1 for a potluck barbecue at the home of the committee's Chair, Marianne Colgrove.

"We take the summer off – but the rest of the year, we restore habitat by removing invasive weeds, putting in native plants, mulching, watering, and tending those plants," Colgrove said.

Doing this keeps the "natural area" beautiful for people walking and biking on the paths and boardwalk in the 7.7 acre park, which is located in the Ardenwald-Johnson Creek neighborhood east of S.E. McLoughlin Boulevard.

"We've had eight restoration events this year – nine, if you count participating in the annual Johnson Creek Watershed-Wide Clean-up," Colgrove told THE BEE. "We couldn't do it without the faithful help of our volunteers, and the support of Portland Parks & Recreation.

"We love it, we take care of it, that's why we'll be back at it again this fall," Colgrove promised. In the meantime, BEE readers should feel free to go enjoy the park.


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