Thanks to everyone who came out to walk with us this STEPtember!
The month started off with a surprise appearance from Jess Thompson, Executive Director of Oregon Walks. Jess joined us for our Eastside Esplanade Walk, and she informed us it was her first time ever walking the Esplanade. We walked from Lloyd to the Hawthorn Bridge and back and enjoyed some late summer weather near the Willamette River.
We hosted 4 trash pick up events during STEPtember and collected over 115 pounds of trash! Big thanks to our volunteers who show up every week at Holladay Park to pick up trash during the lunch hour, and also to the team at Reef Parking that showed up in force for the Trash Mob at the Oregon Convention Center.
We had two featured walks this STEPtember, a Garbage Can Artist Walk and an Arborist Walk. We were pleased to be joined by Alex Chiu and Maryanna Hoaggatt (and a few of our art sponsors) for the Garbage Can Artist Walk and enjoyed hearing from them about their subjects and inspirations. We ended the tour with a surprise reception at newly opened Pullman Wine Bar to say thank you to our artist and our art sponsors.
STEPtember ended with a sunny but chilly tour of Holladay Park and the pop-up arboretum with Botanic Specialist Clare Carney from Portland Parks and Recreation. With over 90 tress in the park we could not learn about all of them, but thankfully Clare new which trees to highlight for us!