A collaboration between the Portland Parks Foundation and the city’s parks department, Parke Diem is touted as the largest citywide volunteer event to spruce up 58 community gardens, neighborhood parks and natural areas.
“Community gardens staff say that the volunteers at the event accomplish at least four months of work in just two days,” according to Amanda Fritz, parks commissioner.
Parke Diem events for 2016 will take place on October 14th and 15th, and volunteers were encouraged to sign up as soon as possible at www.parkediem.org. This year, the foundation said it will award $11,228 in micro-grants to support Parke Diem projects while campaigning to raise a total of $15,000 to invest in parks.
“It’s neighbors helping neighbors toward our shared goal of healthy parks and a healthy Portland,” said parks director Mike Abbate.
Projects supported by the foundation include installing new trail railings in Forest Park, renovating display garden at Leach Botanical Garden and installing and winterizing garden beds in 57 percent of Portland’s community gardens. About 150 volunteers at Hoyt Arboretum contribute 600 collective hours of work during Parke Diem uprooting invasive plants, re-potting over 400 tree seedlings and preparing the arboretum for winter.