Peace Memorial Park’s Last Cleanup of 2021

Image of staff and volunteers wheeling the trash bins

By Joshua Baker

Despite the atmospheric rivers drenching Portland in the days leading up to the event, our cleanup on November 13th at Peace Memorial Park was rain-free. In total, we 24 volunteers collected about 870 lbs of trash, and filled 10 bags of yard debris to be composted. This would not have been possible without the work of our volunteers.

Having recently joined the Lloyd EcoDistrict team, this was my first time doing a cleanup at Peace Memorial Park. It was so heartwarming to see volunteers gather in a public space to help the community after being quarantined for a long time. I met many wonderful people who were excited to come out and clean up the park and neighborhood. Together, we helped each pick up trash at the park and the surrounding blocks. Volunteers also raked up the wet leaves on the sidewalks,  steps, and bike lanes to make them less slippery and safer. Check out below to see before and after photos of the park!

Special thank you to SOLVE for continuing to be great partners and providing bags, litter grabbers, and other supplies, the Oregon Convention Center for disposing of all the trash we gathered, PBOT for composting the yard debris, and Tom Riddering of the Veterans For Peace for stopping by after the cleanup to mow the park’s grass.

Have you met up with us for a cleanup or work-party yet? If not, don’t worry! You can check out our Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter to find updated information on future cleanups and other events, and don’t forget to keep up to date with our website calendar as well!