PHOTO COURTESY OF PORTLAND PARKS & RECREATION - Community members can help out at community gardens, neighborhood parks and natural areas during Parke Diem on Oct. 14-15.For the fourth year, community neighbors can grab gardening tools and join forces to improve 58 community gardens, neighborhood parks and natural areas citywide.

At Parke Diem, an annual event put on by the nonprofit Portland Parks Foundation (PPF) and Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R), volunteers can help spruce up local outdoor areas Oct. 14-15.

According to a release from PP&R, Parks Commissioner Amanda Fritz will be among the volunteers this year, taking part in several Parke Diem events.

“Portland Parks & Recreation can only do the great work we do because of partnerships with the Foundation, with our corporate sponsors and with our volunteers, all of whom contribute such valuable resources,” Fritz said in the release. “PP&R’s community gardens staff say that the volunteers at Parke Diem accomplish at least four months of work in just two days. I thank the Portland Parks Foundation for bringing so many volunteers together in the coordinated, two-day effort.”

Volunteers can sign up for Parke Diem and choose from a variety of projects online at

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