Improve Beaver Habitat at Errol Heights Park

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Errol Heights Natural Area (Inner SE Portland)

Saturday, October 21, 9:00 AM-noon

Join Portland Parks & Recreation and the Friends of Errol Heights to complete important ecological enhancement projects at this little gem of a Park. Keep your eye out for beaver, ducks and other wildlife as you volunteer alongside other community members! Wear long thick pants, a long-sleeved shirt and sturdy shoes. Bring a water bottle, rain gear and sunhat. Instruction, tools, gloves, water, coffee/tea and snacks provided. Children welcome, and must be accompanied by an attentive adult.

Meet at: SE 52nd & SE Tenino Dr.  From Woodstock St., drive south on SE 52nd to SE Tenino Dr. (watch for a dirt road on your right, which is Tenino Dr.) Park along SE 52nd. Please be aware not to block neighbor’s driveways. From Johnson Creek Blvd., drive north on SE 45th Place, which turns into Harney Drive. Turn left onto SE 52nd and park near the next turnoff to Tenino Dr.

Tri-met bus: #75 will drop you off at SE 45th & Tenino Dr. Walk about 200 feet south on SE 45th and walk the trail through the natural area to the SE 52nd St. entrance (~ ½ mile).

Bike/Walk on the Springwater Corridor trail: www.PortlandOregon.gov/parks/springwatermap. Exit trail at the SE 45th St. entrance and then ride a short distance north and up the slight hill on Harney Drive. Turn left onto SE 52nd and left again onto SE Tenino Dr., which is a dirt road.

For more information contact Susan at: susan.hawes@portlandoregon.gov or 503-823-6131 by 3:00pm on Friday, October 20. Day of event call Paul: 503-348-7681 or text/call Susan: 503-823-5937.

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Leach Botanical Gardens Takes a Giant Step Forward

Portland Parks and Recreation and Leach Garden Friends are beginning a major improvement to the Leach Botanical Gardens in East Portland. This project will make Leach a local treasure and world-class destination, joining other famous Portland gardens like the Japanese Garden, Lan Su Chinese Garden, International Rose Test Garden, and Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden.

Parks Director Mike Abbate read this statement on behalf of Nick:

“I am sorry I could not join you today. Thanks to everyone who has lifted me up as I fight my cancer.

“Leach Botanical Gardens is the crown jewel of East Portland. But even the brightest jewel needs a good polishing. When construction is finished, this will be a world-class botanical garden.

“Today we’re taking a giant step forward, building on John and Lilla Leach’s enduring legacy. I know that they would be very proud that Leach Botanical Gardens will continue to serve East Portland, as well as visitors from around the world, for generations to come.

“I would like to take a moment to acknowledge all of the champions who made this day possible. They include former Parks Commissioner Charles Jordan, whose famous last-minute change-of-heart preserved this space as a permanent Portland Park. Commissioner Amanda Fritz and Parks Director Mike Abbate have been steadfast and generous in their support. David Porter and the Leach board of directors are model stewards of this community treasure. And to all of the donors, supporters, visitors, and staff – thank you!”

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