Dirt Lab grand opening celebration scheduled for June 24th
On February 11, 2017, more than 130 volunteers joined Friends of Gateway Green and Northwest Trail Alliance for the first Big Dig event at the Dirt Lab. The full day event allowed for significant progress at the park.Volunteers collected more than 30 large bags of trash, pulled more than 10,000 square feet of ivy and liberated more than a dozen trees from ivy overgrowth. Volunteers also made important advances on the singletrack trails, including adding technical features.
The volunteers’ hard work was fueled by food, beverages, and raffle prizes that were generously donated by our sponsors: NWTA, Metro, Portland Parks and Recreation, Lumberyard, R.E.I., Fat Tire Farm, Portland Design Works, KEEN, Starbucks, Frito Lay, St. Honoré Bakery, and Clif Bar. The event was a huge success in every way; building community and enjoying the amazing weather while doing our part to make this park a reality!
As we progress toward the formal opening of the park, Friends of Gateway Green is looking to build volunteer capacity to help make it happen. A wide range of skills and areas of expertise is needed – if you’re interested in offering your time and energy, please visit gatewaygreenpdx.org/get-involved/volunteer to submit a Volunteer Interest Form. Thank you!
Mark your calendars for the following events at Gateway Green this spring and early summer:
Sunday, April 23, 2017 9am-12pm – Earth Day at Gateway Green! Help us pull ivy and clean up the park. Tools, beverages and snacks will be provided. Please visit our website to register: gatewaygreenpdx.org/blog
Saturday, June 24, 2017 – Dirt Lab grand opening celebration! The park will be formally opened to the public. The party will include a day of activities for the whole family with food, music and more! More details and information will be posted on our website soon.