There are three unofficial parks that SMILE established and maintained in Sellwood- Moreland; this is one of them

DAVID F. ASHTON - Here, cleaning up the Oaks Bottom Bluff mini-park are SMILE SNAC committee Chair Tina Osterink, Corinne Stefanick, Tary Beth Hypes, and Ed Nunez. The bend of the road atop Oaks Bottom Bluff, where S.E. Bybee Boulevard rounds into 13th Avenue in Westmoreland, continues to be a beautiful community "mini-park" — even though it's on property owned by the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT).

The reason it's a lovely spot — complete with split-rail fence, and seating — is because volunteers from the neighborhood association, the Sellwood Moreland Improvement League (SMILE), and its "Stewardship of Natural Amenities Committee" (SNAC) created it, and regularly keep it up.

On April 23rd, THE BEE caught up with volunteers working at the site.

"We're are pulling weeds, mulching, and putting down wood chips donated from a neighbor's tree project, to help the numerous native plants in our little garden here to survive through the heat of summer," Corinne Stefanick told us.

Stefanick recalled, "Although PBOT owns the property, years ago SMILE paid $500 for the privilege of beautifying it. Then we had a local homeowner give us the split rail fence -- and my son, grandsons, and the Boy Scouts built the tables."

So, as you round the bend at the west end of Bybee Boulevard, remember the volunteers who are keeping up this tiny park for you, too, to enjoy.

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