Rake and Plant Day on November 2

Saturday, November 2 is “Rake ‘n’ Plant” day! Whether you are into upper body exercise or digging and planting native trees and shrubs come join other neighbors to make our park even more beautiful than it already is. Children are welcome and forms can be provided to anyone needing them for proof of community service.

From 9 am to noon volunteers will rake leaves and use them to mulch around trees and add black huckleberries to the NatureSpace. Autumn is the perfect time to add native plants to a garden, as all of the plants’ energy can be spend on establishing a good root system without expending energy on spring growth or summer fruit.

Black huckleberry, or Gaylussacia baccata, is a pretty shrub that can grow between 1 and 5 feet tall and produces lovely dark, sweet berries. Adding them to the NatureSpace will mean healthier, happier birds and more of them. By helping you can start making a difference to reverse the decline of bird populations in the U.S.

Please dress according to whatever weather Portland decides to have that day and wear good work gloves. Bring your own rakes for gathering fallen leaves as well as garden tools good for planting shrubs. There will be snacks, cocoa, and coffee like the last planting day, though we can’t guarantee that another bald eagle will show up when the work is done.

Please sign up to volunteer using our form:

Volunteer Opportunity this Saturday

At last night’s meeting, we had the chance to speak with Mike Grosso, the Parks Maintenance Supervisor. In addition to our big, exciting projects such as the NatureSpace and the replacement of equipment in the toddler play area, Friends of Wilshire Park also want to do a series of small, simple service projects that can quickly fix problems. This will provide members of the community with the chance to put their gloves on, gather together, and do some good. Mike told us that while wood chips were recently delivered and spread at various areas around the park, many of the piles were still too high and some of the wood chips are still in large, hard chunks that need to be broken apart to make them safe to walk and run on. Mike currently doesn’t have any staff hours to allocate to smoothing out the bark chips.

We can do that!

The first Friends of Wilshire Parks service project will happen this Saturday from 9 to 11 AM. Volunteers should wear good gardening gloves and protection from whatever weather Portland decides to offer up that day. Participants should also bring water. All ages are welcome, but parents will need to supervise their own young children.

To spread out the chips, you’ll need your hands and a hard tined rake like this:

Do not bring a soft-tined rake that you would use for leaves, as the wood chips are too heavy and will damage your rake. If you don’t have a rake, come anyway and wear some heavy gloves as many of the chunks of wood chips can be broken up by hand.

We will meet at the northeast corner of the park, right by the sign that says Wilshire Park. Volunteers who wish to log hours for community service credit can receive a signed form from a Friends of Wilshire Park board member. If you wish to participate, please e-mail [email protected] to let us know you’re coming. See you there!