Wilsonville Environmental Resource Keepers host annual clean-up

by: SPOKESMAN FILE PHOTO - City Councilor Richard Goddard participates in a recent Wilsonville WERK Day, a community-based effort that cleans local parks and public properties. The city of Wilsonville invites community members to volunteer for the annual community clean-up event known as Wilsonville Environmental Resources Keepers Day, which takes place rain-or-shine on Saturday, May 10, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Registration and free hot breakfast, provided by the Wilsonville Rotary Club and Starbucks, runs from 8 to 9 am in the Wilsonville Community Center located at 7965 SW Wilsonville Road.

Teams of volunteers will focus on improving and maintaining Memorial Park and Tranquil Park where they will repair and maintain trails, pull weeds, remove invasive species and make other improvements.

Participants should bring their own work gloves, water bottles, sun screen or rain gear, and be dressed appropriately for weeding, raking and shoveling. Participants of all ages are welcome and encouraged to attend, but children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult.

Last year more than 300 volunteers showed up for WERK day and the city is planning for similar or even more volunteers this year.

“Being a WERK day volunteer is a great way for people of all ages and abilities to show they care about our community and make it an even better place to live,” said Mayor Tim Knapp.

Sponsors of the event include Rotary Club, Wendy’s, Starbucks and Family Fun Center. Other local businesses supporting this year’s event include Fred Meyer and Lee’s Martial Arts. In addition, the following service and religious groups will participate in the event: local LDS Wards, National Honor Society, Wilsonville Robotics Club, People to People Student Ambassadors and Wood Middle School’s Junior Scoops Club.

In addition to a free breakfast, WERK Day participants are treated to coupons from Wendy’s restaurants and the Family Fun Center, as well as a free WERK Day T-shirt while supplies last.

To register, visit the city’s parks and rec website at to download and sign the WERK Day volunteer liability release form. For more information, contact Patty Brescia, senior programs manager, at 503-570-1525, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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