Peace Memorial Park was a largely forgotten space that Lloyd EcoDistrict – along with a diverse coalition of veterans, students, and community members – are transforming into a celebration of unity. 2021 was a busy year for us at the park, as we hosted a variety of events and volunteer days, and made significant progress in raising funds to break ground next year on the physical redesign of the space. Much of our on-the-ground work involved cleaning up trash and organic debris to keep the park vibrant and safe. In total, we had five clean up events with 226 volunteers who put in (cumulatively) 445.5 hours of their time to clean up the park. With their help, we were able to pick up 5,133 pounds of trash and 32 bags of organic debris. We wanted to take this time to also thank SOLVE for helping us achieve a cleaner park and we also wanted to thank the Oregon Convention Center for taking the time to dispose of the trash we collected.
We had a lot of events throughout the year at Peace Memorial Park and here are some of the highlights!
This would not have been possible, nor would we be able to even think about breaking ground on the full park redesign in 2022 without the work from our volunteers and our Friends of Peace Memorial Park. With their donations and support, we were able to start a vision on the redevelopment of the park. See all of our friends here. We also wanted to thank the Portland Bureau of Environmental Services Community Watershed Stewardship Program and Union Pacific Foundation’s Community Ties Program for the significant grants that were awarded to us to break ground on the improvements in 2021. At our 10th Anniversary Celebration, many sponsors around the neighborhood came together to also help fundraise for Peace Memorial Park. Special thanks to all of our donors and volunteers, we couldn’t have it without you all!
Looking forward to 2022, we will continue our regular neighborhood cleanups based out of Peace Memorial Park. Our next cleanup will be on February 12, 2022! You can register here. We will also break ground Phase 1 improvements to the park, focusing on the 3,285 square feet of Peace circle. We will scrape the site, install a new efficient irrigation system, add new soil and mulch, and plant 1000 native, pollinator-supporting plants.
In 2023 we will focus on Phase 2 of the redesign – the other landscapable parts of the park, and in 2024 we will move on the hardscaping, adding interpretive signage, and art.
See the photos below covering the highlights and cleanups!