Join us on Saturday, June 23, from 10 AM to 1 PM for our second stewardship event at Johnson Lake in NE Portland held jointly by Portland Parks & Recreation with Sumner Association of Neighbors (SAN).

Ground level view of Johnson Lake
Caption: Ground level view of Johnson Lake (source: BES)

Per Susan Hawes at PP&R:

Join Portland Parks & Recreation, Sumner Neighborhood Association and other community members to maintain trails, pick up litter and remove invasive species at this “hidden” natural area! All of these activities will improve the experience of Johnson Lake Park users. Please wear long pants and long sleeves, sturdy walking shoes, and bring a water bottle. Tools, gloves, water and treats will be provided.

For more information or to RSVP, contact PP&R City Nature East Stewardship Coordinator Susan Hawes: or (503) 823–5937.

Where to meet on Saturday, June 23

We’ll gather at the east end of NE Colfax St in the Airport Business Park at 10 AM. There should be adequate parking there and you’ll see a sign at the trailhead for the 8.76-acre PP&R natural area on the NE shore of the lake. Please note that we will not be doing any work on private Owens-Illinois property.

How to get there (map on Bing): Drive east on Sandy Blvd, then turn left (north) on NE 105th at the traffic signal. Drive about half a mile to the 3-way stop at Alderwood Drive, and then turn left (west) onto Alderwood. Drive another half mile past the long-term parking lot. Turn left (south) on NE 92nd Drive. Cross the new bridge over the slough, and then turn left (east) onto NE Colfax St. Drive to the east end of the dead end street. That’s the trailhead where we’ll be set up.

Driving map to Johnson Lake
Caption: Driving map to NE Colfax St on Johnson Lake

As a special bonus: SAN will furnish lunch for the first 20 volunteers who sign up. To sign up, call Ronda at 503-823-3156 or email Scott at

This stewardship event is a second for SAN at Johnson Lake, and the first in 2012. We have another scheduled for Saturday, October 6, and we hope to make this a twice-yearly event. Small grants are available for this kind of stewardship & maybe next year we’ll file the paperwork.

For more about Johnson Lake and the cleanup underway there by DEQ and Owens-Illinois, see our August 2011 neighborhood meeting notes and this background article about Johnson Lake.

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