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Annual event needs volunteers to help spruce up the city

Residents interested in giving back to the community while also enjoying the sunshine can mark their calendars for May 18, as the city offers its fifth annual Take Care of West Linn Day.

The event, which is put on by the West Linn Parks and Recreation Department, includes three hours of work from 9 a.m. to noon, and then a free barbecue at Mary S. Young State Park from noon to 1:30 p.m.

by: TIDINGS FILE PHOTO: LORI HALL - Emily Swenson, 10, and her family have taken care of a planter in historic Willamette for the last seven years.

Volunteer teams are assigned projects according to age and skill level, and individuals can also sign up for a number of projects posted on the SOLV website.

The first Take Care of West Linn Day was in 2009 in conjunction with Take Care of Oregon Day and the 150th birthday of the state of Oregon.

And because the event was so successful in West Linn, the city keeps the tradition alive.

City Recreation Director Ken Warner said that as of Monday, between 18 and 20 groups were signed up and the city was expecting about 250 volunteers in total, though he noted that was a very fluid number.

“We never really know until the day actually happens,” Warner said.

The event — which is sponsored this year by Pacific West Bank, SOLV and Sun Garden Montessori Children’s House — will include many of the same local park cleanup activities as last year, when 22 groups took on projects at 17 parks.

One new addition to the day is planting at the new Marylhurst Heights Park, which will be done by a group from Clackamas Federal Credit Union.

This year’s SOLV projects include an ivy pull at Wilderness Park, a Maddax Woods restoration work party and planting oak seedlings in the White Oak Savanna.

For more information or to sign up, visit

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