WE NEED VOLUNTEERS! IF YOU LOVE GABRIEL PARK, PLEASE GET INVOLVED!   🙂

MEETING: Monday, Aug. 7, 2017, 6:00-7:30pm: Gabriel Park Pollinator Meadow informational meeting at the SW Community Center (6820 SW 45th Ave, Portland, OR 97219). Please join us to learn more about the Gabriel Park Pollinator Meadow Project and share your thoughts and concerns around this project. SURVEY: PP&R wants to address your areas of interest for this meeting! Please take this SURVEY to help facilitate a constructive discussion. We invite you to fill out the survey so that we may compile the survey results in advance of the meeting on August 7th, the survey will close on Friday, August 4th at 9 am.

Click here to read the Gabriel Park Pollinator Meadow FAQ (PDF)

Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017: MULTNOMAH DAYS: Friends of Gabriel Park will again host an information table in the SW Watershed Resource Center Environmental Tent. Volunteer to “people” the table! Or stop by to say hello and learn more about Gabriel Park and FOGP.

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PAST MEETINGS & EVENTS of note (click photos to enlarge):

• WORK PARTY: Saturday, June 10, 9:00am-12:00 noon: Install fencing along Gabriel Park’s new Pollinator Meadow. A family friendly event. Dress for the weather. Tools, gloves, water, coffee and snacks provided. Details TBA. For more information please contact Mary Verrilli at 503-823-9423 or mary.verrilli@portlandoregon.gov

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• MEETING 3/20/17: PARKS BOND: SUPPORT THE GABRIEL PARK PLAYGROUND RENOVATION: During the Parks Bond Town Hall meeting at the MAC, we learned renovation of the playground in Gabriel Park is on the list of proposed projects. However, it’s not a sure thing yet! Please register your support and comments before April 4th using the online comment form!

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• WORK PARTY 2/18/17: Mary Verrilli of Portland Parks & Recreation reports: Thank you for spending your Saturday morning volunteering in Gabriel Park in partnership with FOGP and SOLVE to help restore this natural area for our future pollinator meadow! Today we collectively planted 435 native plants, removed 250 sq. ft. of ivy and mulched about 500 sq. feet along the meadow. Thanks to all your hard work, we got a lot done today. We can’t do this work without your volunteer efforts. I hope to see you next time. Below are some photos from today. To learn more about our stewardship program and to find out about other volunteer opportunities with PPR, visit www.portlandoregon.gov/parks/stewardship

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WORK PARTY 10/22/16: Portland Parks’ “Parke Diem” program held an event at Gabriel Park to spread mulch along the edge of the future Pollinator Meadow! See:  http://www.portlandpf.org/parke-diem-1/gabriel-park

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• WORK PARTY 9/1/16: SW Trails held a Work Party in Gabriel Park guided by Parks Lands Stewardship Soft Surface Trails folks. Volunteers did a trail reroute on SW Trail #3 as it passes through the park and some additional brushing and tread work. It was a fine day to get some exercise and help SW Trails improve the Urban Trail System!

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• WORK PARTY 6/11/16: Neighborhood volunteers worked with Parks staff to extend a new split-rail wood fence along one of the forested nature trails. Everyone had a great time! Admire their work next time you’re on the trail!

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Bumblebee• 4/20/16: PRESENTATION: “The bumble bees of Gabriel Park”: Spring is here and the construction of Gabriel Park’s pollinator meadow is underway, so it’s a great time to learn more about the native pollinators in our neighborhood. At our April meeting Dr. Susan Masta gave a presentation on the bumble bees found in Gabriel Park. We learned about their biology, life cycle, and how they pollinate plants. Dr. Masta is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biology at PSU, and curates the Dept.’s insect collections of the Museum of Natural History.

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DSCF2173-1080 • 4/23/16: EARTH DAY Work Party: Our wonderful volunteers began the process of spreading mulch along the entire length of the new Pollinator Meadow in south Gabriel Park, between the new wire fence and gravel walkway. To be continued!

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Susan Masta (LL) dissects an owl pellet.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

• 2/17/16: Jay Withgott and Susan Masta gave a presentation on the owls of Gabriel Park at the Friends of Gabriel Park monthly meeting at SW Community Center.

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• 1/30/16 WORK PARTY: Volunteers built constructed brush piles using invasive trees cut from the natural areas. We planted 300 plants of several native species, and created a number of brush piles from two invasive trees that were cut down. Brush piles create great habitat for wildlife in areas that don’t have a lot of cover. Volunteers also planted native trees and shrubs in areas that have been cleared of ivy in the central forest behind the new sections of volunteer-installed split rail fence. Everyone had a blast, and it felt like we really made some good progress!

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"After" photo, showing new plantings & brush piles.

“After” photo, showing new plantings & brush piles.

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Sledding in Gabriel Park, 1/3/16.

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Snow in Gabriel Park, 1/3/16.

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IMG_0467-1080• 11/15/15: Work has started on the new Pollinator Meadow nature area in Gabriel Park! Click the photo to enlarge. Click here for more info.

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DSCF1953-1080• Sat., 10/24/15, No Ivy Day Work Party: PP&R and Friends of Gabriel Park removed ivy in the natural area to help restore our beautiful park. A family friendly event. Tools, gloves, water, coffee/tea and snacks were provided. Site Coordinator: Nathan Schulte. For more information please contact Mary Verrilli at 503-823-9423 or mary.verrilli@portlandoregon.gov

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IMG_0308-1080• Thurs., 10/22/15: Janelle St. Pierre, Staff Ecologist with Portland Parks & Recreation conducted a tour of the Gabriel Park Southern Park Concept Plan project area (see above) from 4:30- 5:30 starting at the parking lot next to the Community Garden.

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IMG_0046-720• Tues., 10/13/15: SW Trails & AARP conducted a guided walk through Gabriel Park and Multnomah Village. Walkers followed routes through the park and village strolling on sidewalks, trails, and roadways. Aprox. 2.4 miles, 1 hour 15 min., 4,800 steps. Hashtag: #wearewalkinghere

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