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City of Astoria, Oregon


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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Vanessa Marshall has been with Lil' Sprouts Academy for almost 3.5 years. During this time she has taken on various responsibilities: teaching in the preschool and pre-k classrooms, helping develop and organize curriculum, mentoring teachers and most currently being a PIC (person in charge). She is always going above and beyond, setting the bar high above what is expected. 

The love she has for our kiddos and our cause shows immensely in the work that she does, and we are so fortunate to have her!


Hees Enterprises have been incredible supporters of the Parks department, donating in meaningful ways over the past several years. 

Owners, Fergus and Tammy Loughran are faithful customers of the Astoria Aquatic Center and have always supported its place in the community.  Most recently, the Loughrans donated funds to refurbish all of the weight benches in the Aquatic Center fitness room before our annual closure, contributing to the enhancement of our facility. Thank you so much, Fergus and Tammy for supporting Astoria Parks!


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