Connected to the East Bank 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 in 2019 to clean up and maintain the park, the vision of the space has expanded to honor the intersection of conflict, climate and social justice.
With the pandemic, we’ve been unable to do any large work parties this Spring. However, with the county is slowly opening up, we decided it would be appropriate to organize some volunteer groups to help maintain the park over the summer.
In mid-June, our first small group of volunteers made some great progress in cleaning up garbage and mowing back some of the large vegetation (see below for some pictures).
Over July and August, we have three more volunteer events:
In partnership with SOLVE, this larger volunteer day will encompass both Peace Memorial Park and some of the surrounding areas (Eastbank Esplanade/Convention Center/Moda Center).
The clean-up event may include trash pick-up, invasive plant removal, sweeping and power-washing walkways/bikeways, and potentially planting new plants (in coordination with Eastbank Esplanade landscape designer).
NOTE: On this day we are looking for 3-6 other volunteers to help weed whack and mow within Peace Memorial Park. If you have your own weed whacker or lawnmower and able to attend, please contact Joshua@ecolloyd.org.
On Saturday, August 8th and Sunday, August 30th we will have two small volunteer days focusing just on Peace Memorial Park. For each day we’re looking 5-8 volunteers to pick-up garbage, weed whack, or mow. These days are “bring your own clean-up/landscaping supplies” events. Depending on the task this includes gloves (for all tasks), plastic bags (for garbage clean up), weed whacker, or lawnmower. Other optional tools include litter picker, rake.
Please use this link to see more information and to sign up for volunteer tasks for either of these days. If you have questions contact Joshua@ecolloyd.org.
Pictures from Summer 2020 Volunteers Clean Ups