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City of Astoria, Oregon

 

CHIP-in

 

Did you know that the City of Astoria Parks and Recreation Department maintains 63 parks?  This includes historic landmarks, the Astoria Riverwalk, Oceanview Cemetery, and the Astoria Aquatic Center.  That is over 200+ acres with limited staff resources to maintain all properties!

You can help make a difference: CHIP-in and give back to your community through park improvement and community service projects!

How to CHIP-in

Volunteer — At any of our parks and facilities on your own time or even for a senior project!

Adopt-a-park — Any group of supportive citizens including businesses and service organizations can pick a park or a part of the Riverwalk to maintain for a 12 month period.

Organize
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Neighborhood associations or informal groups of neighbors can help maintain their local park by creating a “friends of” group.

Park Partners
— Pick a date and a park and organize a group of friends who want to come together to CHIP-in.

Donate
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Ensure the solvency of our great program by making a donation to the CHIP-in program.

CHIP-in is awesome join us for the best day of your life Cathedral Tree Trail Clean Up Teen Center at the Recreation Center Aquatic Center Clean Up Shively Hall Clean Up Maritime Memorial Park Clean Up Tapiola Park Earth Day CHIP-in sponsor tab ROTR Sponsor Logo Banner Happy Earth Day

CHIP-in Three Main Goals

To Beautify our Parks -- The unique weather that offers mild temperatures and a lot of rainfall lends itself to great growing conditions for many plants; including invasive plant species.  CHIP-in aims to remove these invasive plants without the use of harsh chemicals, to preserve the unique plant species that thrive so well, and to maintain our facilities and our parks.

Reconnect Citizens with their Parks -- Our parks were often times created out of a strong citizenry and community that urged the City to build inviting community spaces.  CHIP-in wants to remind citizens about the history of the parks, who created these parks, and how we can preserve these parks.

Environmental Stewardship -- Individuals, businesses, and communities can help share in the responsibility of taking care of the Columbia River and our natural environment.  By removing trash, picking up cigarette butts, and getting rid of invasive plant species we can help ensure that our children and citizens will be able to enjoy its beauty now and into the future.

Who Should CHIP-in

• Individuals looking to provide a great public good
• Youth Church Groups and other church organizations
• High School Seniors who are looking to complete a senior project
• Girl Scout and Boy Scout Troops
• Service Organizations
• Businesses looking to participate in an employee service day
• Families who want to teach their children the importance of keeping our City clean
• Neighborhood Associations

Contact

Jonah Dart-Mclean, Parks Maintenance Supervisor, 503 298 2467

 

Employee
of the
Month

 

Sherry came to Astoria from Las Vegas, NV, seeking a small, community-oriented town to call home. It was apparent Sherry was a fit from the start, and she’ll tell you, “I was not sure what I wanted until I walked in the door. Everyone is friendly, and my co-workers are a true blessing to me. I take pride in doing my job to the best of my abilities and being a productive member of my new home town.” Sherry has not only impacted our Parks and Recreation Department professionally, but personally as well - she’s a pertinent member of our staff family and a genuine benefit to our community. Stop into the Recreation Center and say hi!

 

Park Partner 
of the 
Month

Ed Wegner first found Ocean View Cemetery through a SOLVE cemetery clean-up event he volunteered for in 2017.  Inspired, he returned in 2018 for a pre-Memorial Day clean-up co-sponsored by the Parks Department and SOLVE.  Despite being a resident of Aloha, Ed wanted to help assist the City of Astoria in caring for the grounds of the cemetery and become a regular volunteer, coming once or twice a month to remove invasive weeds, pick up trash, and generally neaten the site up.  Ed’s efforts have been greatly appreciated by the Parks Department and he was recently awarded SOLVE’s Volunteer of the Year award for 2018, standing out in a field of over 30,000!

 
 
 

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