Party On, Portland! 2023

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By Burgin Utaski

Thank you to the 400+ people who attended Party On, Portland! last weekend. It was wonderful to see so many smiling faces enjoying the festivities at Holladay Park. Through the pandemic, Lloyd’s largest park has continued to be a place for community members to safely meet outside and enjoy a canopied green space in our beautiful city.

Guests enjoyed live music from the talented 24/7 Band, who played a great set of throwbacks, utilizing their seven-person band! As we all danced and bopped along to the music, our Executive Director Kristin and several volunteers grilled up all 500 hot dogs, which were distributed throughout the event. Yay for no food waste!

Thank you to all the businesses, non-profits, and local agencies who tabled! Your attendance made all the difference, not only for the awesome free goodies, but for keeping people informed about the various resources and opportunities available in our neighborhood.

Those who stopped by our Lloyd EcoDistrict table had a couple of activities to choose from: painting a pollinator cutout, filling out a fun shape on our EcoDistrict banner, or spinning our wheel to win candy, bubbles, cooling towels, radios, and emergency kits!

Throughout the event, several attendees expressed their appreciation for the lively activation of the park, further evidence that Lloyd, Sullivan’s Gulch, and Kerns are alive and well! It’s clear that local residents and visitors to the area value community and the safety that people in numbers can bring. We can’t wait to do it again next year! If you want to stay up to date with Holladay Park happenings, make sure to attend Go Lloyd’s next park cleanup on August 29.

Photos by Elle Hygge