July’s Peace Memorial Park Cleanup


By Joshua Baker

Thank you to all our volunteers who made it out to our July volunteer event to help clean up Peace Memorial Park! We know it was a hot one, and though we know you came equipped with water and sunscreen, we want to extend our gratitude to every single one of you who volunteered your time with us. Another huge thanks goes out to our partnership with SOLVE, who always ensures that our volunteers are equipped with trash bags, gloves, and litter grabbers, and to the Oregon Convention Center for disposing of all this trash. 

For those who do not know, Peace Memorial Park is connected to the Eastbank Esplanade, intersected by one of Portland’s busiest bikeways, and graced with expansive views of the Willamette River and the downtown skyline. Peace Memorial Park was established as a public place to honor victims of war, both military and civilian. Since we have joined in partnership with Veterans for Peace, the vision of the space has expanded to honor the intersection of conflict, climate and social justice. We are working on multi-year effort to redesign and rebuild the park.At our July event, we were able to clear the park and surrounding areas of trash, as well as mow the grassy areas.

The fences of the park also received a fresh coat of paint to cover up graffiti and other damage. Lastly, we were able to trim back some of the pesky invasive blackberry species that takes over Oregon this time of year. Thank you to all who contributed, and if you weren’t able to make it our next cleanup will be on Friday, September 16th from 10:00AM to 12:00PM. Join us in picking up trash along the northern half of the Eastbank Esplanade and the areas around the Convention Center and Moda Center in the Lloyd neighborhood. Other tasks could include removing graffiti, repainting park fences/walls, removing invasive blackberries, and helping with other landscaping maintenance available to volunteers. Learn more and register here. We can’t wait to see you out there!