Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Summer Events Encourage Park Support

News Release from: City of Gresham


SUMMER EVENTS ENCOURAGE PARK SUPPORT AND FAMILY FUN - PLIGHT OF GRESHAM PARKS SPOTLIGHTED WITH COMMUNITY PICNIC, PHOTO DAY

Posted: July 13th, 2010 4:41 PM

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Gresham, Ore. - Join friends and neighbors for two fun City-sponsored summer events highlighting the importance of Parks and Recreation Services:



Picture Your Parks Day on Aug. 1. Grab your camera and help us document a day in the life of Gresham Parks. It's your chance to show us Gresham's playgrounds, natural areas and trails the way you see and experience them -- the kids, the wildlife, even maintenance issues like tall grass or graffiti. Prizes will be awarded for the top photos, which will be evaluated by professional photographers and park experts. Photos will also be enlarged and displayed on the Gresham Center for the Arts Plaza and at other community gathering spots, thanks to generous sponsorship from The Gresham Outlook. Save the date now - to qualify all photos must be taken on Aug. 1. More entry-and-submission information will follow soon at GreshamOregon.gov.



The Parks Picnic on the Plaza on Aug. 21. Grab a basket from home or a take-out box from one of Historic Downtown Gresham's restaurants, or the Gresham Farmers' Market, and join us for an old-fashioned community Picnic on Plaza from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The free event, held in partnership with the Center for the Arts Foundation, the Historic Downtown Gresham Business Association and the Gresham Downtown Development Association, will feature lively music, field games and prizes on the beautiful Center for the Arts Plaza at 401 N.E. Hood St. The top images from the Picture Your Parks photo project will be on display. The Center for the Arts Foundation is providing the venue as Plaza Sponsor.



Both events are being held to raise awareness about the critical challenges facing Gresham Parks and Recreation Services, and to get residents involved in Our Parks, Our Future, a community-led effort to promote a healthy, sustainable Gresham Parks and Recreation system.



For information about sponsorship opportunities for these events, contact Robin Franzen Parker at 503-618-2150.