On Friday, September 10, TCNF held its 10th annual firm-wide community service day at Sellwood Park. Under the leadership of Portland Parks and Recreation, TCNF attorneys and staff spent the day cleaning up trash and debris from the park’s beach and wooded areas.
Team members reached the park aboard partner Ray Thomas’ boat. They sailed south on the Willamette through the Holgate Channel on the east side of Ross Island to the Sellwood Park boat dock, just north of the Sellwood Bridge, riding top deck and viewing the deer, geese and heron along the way.
All morning, the team enjoyed a friendly competition to see who could retrieve the most trash and debris from the beach: cigarette butts, plastic bags, candy wrappers, bottles and cans, etc. In the afternoon, they moved into the wooded natural area where, with the permission and assistance of campers staying there, picked up and hauled out all manner of garbage and disposed items of every size and shape: from lawn mowers to mattresses, ruined tents to large screen TVs, bicycle frames to saws. Parks staff provided heavy plastic bags for smaller items and met the team with a trailer and two pickups which they loaded to capacity.
The TCNF team was proud to play a role in cleaning up the beach and natural area at Sellwood Park, making it enjoyable for all Portlanders to visit at its accessible location just south of downtown.
Portland Parks and Rec encourages others to volunteer with them to help maintain and beautify our City’s parks. For info on how to arrange a community service day for your visit: https://www.portland.gov/parks/nas/brochure and https://www.portland.gov/parks/nas/events