A sincere thank you goes out to all the friends, neighbors, and community partners who showed up on a perfect Sunday afternoon for a productive and fun neighborhood work party on the North Johnson Creek community trail project.
Over 35 volunteers, aged 7 to 77+, showed up to help remove English ivy, holly, and other invasive plant species along the headwaters of Johnson Creek. With a trailer of tools from Clean Water Services and the guidance of staff from the Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District (THPRD), our party was very effective at removing these invasive plants from a large area of the woods. There is a noticeable improvement to this exceptional natural resource in our backyard.
The THPRD representatives present were impressed by the turnout, saying that they typically only have 5-10 people show up to similar events at this time of year.
Neighbors For Smart Growth would like to thank all the neighbors, friends, and project partners who took time out of their busy end-of-summer schedules to pitch in to better our community. We are particularly grateful for the contributions of our community partners who helped promote and facilitate the event, including Tualatin River Watershed Council, Clean Water Services, THPRD, St. Vincent’s Hospital, Westside Transportation Alliance, Washington County Department of Land Use and Transportation, West TV Elementary, and Catlin Gabel School.
In addition to the important invasive species removal, our Nature In Neighborhoods grant from Metro will provide a significant financial contribution to the North Johnson Creek trail planning project based on the number of hours volunteered at this and future events.
Please stay tuned for more opportunities to get involved and volunteer on the Johnson Creek community trail project. We are planning to schedule additional events on the 3rd Sunday of each month.
Again, we cannot thank you enough!