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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

 

Niko Tila has been a lifeguard with the Astoria Aquatic Center for three years. During his time as a lifeguard, Niko has shown a strong aptitude as a first responder. He has also progressed as a natural leader among his peers, consistently going above and beyond to assist in coaching his peers when practicing lifesaving skills and  always leading by example. Niko was promoted to a lead guard in May of this year and has continued to excel as a leader.

Recently, in the Aquatic Center's quarterly unannounced audit, Niko received scores of "EXCEEDS standards" in all categories of the audit. His leadership during the skills testing scenario were so exemplary, he was given a special recognition of “outstanding rescuer." We are very proud of Niko’s achievement and greatly appreciate his leadership as a lifeguard.

 

Park Partner of the Month

Norm Stutzenegger has been a volunteer coach with Astoria Parks and Recreation for 16 years. Norm is one of the most requested coaches by players in our baseball program.  His kindness and knowledge of basic fundamentals have been great tools in shaping the skill set of young ball players in Astoria. Not only has Norm been a wonderful volunteer coach, but he supports our programs through team sponsorships with his local business, Columbia Screenprinting. He does an outstanding job outfitting our teams in uniforms.  Norm has been an exemplary volunteer to the Astoria Parks and Recreation Department, and to the community at large.  Thank you, Norm!

 
 
 

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