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Roll up your sleeves for city's day of service

Gresham calls for hundreds of volunteers to join Sept. 13 effort


The city of Gresham is calling on citizens to participate in its first community-wide volunteer day this Saturday.

During the Green & Clean Day of Service, volunteers will help clean up trails, roadsides and parks from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 13.

They’ll be joined by Gresham City Council members including Jerry Hinton, who helped champion Green & Clean with the city’s Citizen Involvement Committee, the council and the city’s Office of Neighborhoods and Community Engagement.

“Serving others helps us find balance in our lives,” Hinton said in a news release. “Serving our community as families helps us raise a new generation respectful of others.”

Green & Clean projects include:

• Gresham-Fairview Trail: Trash pick-up and weeding, raking and general maintenance.

• Eastman and Powell Roadside Pickup: Trash pick-up and general maintenance along the Eastman embankment south of Powell, as well as refreshing planters along Powell through the Gresham Butte wetlands.

• Downtown Gresham and Rockwood: Stormdrain marking to protect watersheds.

• Nadaka Nature Park and Tsuru Island Japanese Garden: Clean-up and beautification of Nadaka in Rockwood, and Tsuru Island in Main City Park.

With about 940 acres of open space, 300 acres of city parks and a 10-mile network of trails in Gresham, it made sense to focus citizen efforts on these community assets, said Aaron Abrams, Gresham’s Office of Neighborhoods and Community Engagement manager. Abrams hopes the event becomes a lasting tradition.

“Volunteering for the Green & Clean event is not only a great way to help our city, it also helps to build bonds between people that lead to stronger and safer neighborhoods,” Abrams said in a news release.

A celebration and ice cream social will follow the volunteer day from noon to 2 p.m. at the downtown Arts Plaza, featuring games, music and free ice cream for volunteers.

During the celebration, the Children’s Fountain will be bubbling and food trucks will sell snacks. Representatives from the city’s Rise, Advance, Dream (RAD) Gresham initiative will be available to hear community members’ ideas for Gresham’s future.

For more information on Green & Clean, visit GreshamOregon.gov/GreenandClean. Learn more about RAD Gresham at GreshamOregon.gov/RAD.

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