Saturday 20-Feb-2010 was a glorius spring-like day. Perfect weather for over two dozen neighbors and volunteers who met in Marshall Park to celebrate the new footbridge. We gathered at the bridge to hear from several speakers. Emily Roth from Portland Parks walked us through all the various stages of budget, design and construction that led to the actual bridge. Margot Barnett from Friends Of Marshall & Maricara Parks, talked about the role of FOMMP and MPNA, working with the Parks Dept. And Mike Duffield from Marshall Park NA, told us all about the history of the park and its former residents. Margot from FOMMP "cut the ribbon" and the bridge was formally opened.
Then it was time for work. The Parks Dept had brought along over 60 containers of native plants. They also brought plenty of gloves and shovels. So we all dug in, literally, and planted these native species at the little flags indicated by the plant experts. While we were digging, Betsy Weston serenaded the workers, with some lively tunes on her fiddle.
Finally the group was rewarded with coffee, hot chocolate, donuts, and bagels. Courtesy of MPNA and SWNI. A big thank you to all who helped organize this event. And also thanks to all who came along and participated and enjoyed a pleasant morning in the park.