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Parks & Recreation News

Thu, Nov 08, 2018

Press Release
November 2, 2018
CONTACT: Brianna Bowker (503) 325-7275


Astoria, OR – Join the Astoria Parks & Recreation Department before the “big feast,” as it hosts its annual Thanksgiving Day 5k fun run/walk on Thursday, November 22, 2018. Registration is available the day of the race only, and starts at 8:00 am. The race begins at 9:00 am.

The race starts at the Columbia River Maritime Museum, 1792 Marine Drive, Astoria, and will head east toward Tongue Point. Registration is a $10 donation or 5 non-dented, non-expired canned good items to benefit the Clatsop Community Action food bank. The annual race is an all-inclusive event for participants of all ages and abilities, welcoming competitive athletes, casual runners, walkers, kids, strollers, as well as well-behaved, leashed dogs.

Prizes of freshly baked pumpkin pies will be awarded to the top male and female finishers. Costumes are highly encouraged. Pre and post-race treats and drinks will be available.

This fun run, along with the New Year’s Day Fun Run, also hosted by the department, is offered to the community by the fundraising efforts made by the Astoria Downtown Historic District Association’s annual Instant Gratification No Run Fun Run. The “Zero K,” as it is lovingly referred to, raised $4,000 for both runs, as well as for the Astoria Parks & Recreation Department’s Annual Valentine’s Day Ball.

If you have questions, please contact: Brianna Bowker at or at (503) 325-7275.



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Natalie started working as the Recreation Coordinator for the Aquatic Center in June. Since then, Natalie has been a strong team leader; consistently leading staff with a positive attitude, and is never intimidated by a new challenge.

Natalie has made consistent improvements on the "Learn to Swim" program at the pool, increased staff training with our swim instructors, and has revitalized the private swim lesson program.. With her help, she has also helped us create processes, procedures, and a culture of pride in the cleanliness, safety, and upkeep of the facility.

Thank you, Natalie! 


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