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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

Brianna Bowker has led our Recreation Division since 2018 and she’s worked tirelessly since then to raise the bar for the many programs and activities she oversees: youth and adult sports, pre-k childcare, special events, summer camps and after school care for elementary students, and much more.  Brianna is a driving force for our department and sets a positive example for the staff she leads and the patrons she serves.  We wish we could say more to emphasize how important she is to our organization, but we’ll settle for a big THANK YOU BRI!!!!

Park Partner of the Month

We wanted to recognize our community partner the US Coast Guard, and specifically their Rescue Swimmer unit that uses our facilities to train.  Coast Guard personnel are always quick to volunteer assistance and we are so grateful for our partnership with our local USCG members.  Semper Paratus!


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