All residents of the Pearl who wish to take an active part in assuring a safe and livable community, are invited to attend a Foot Patrol Training. Led by Mark Wells, Crime Prevention Coordinator from the Ofﬁce of Neighborhood Involvement, the training will be held on Tuesday, April 14 at 6 pm at the Ecotrust Building, 2nd ﬂoor, on the corner of NW Johnson and 10th.
As described by ONI, “A Foot Patrol is a trained group of volunteers organized to increase the safety and livability of their neighborhood. They walk their neighborhood streets, parks, or schools to deter crime and report incidents and problems, rather than sit back and hope that someone else will take care of any crime or livability problems. Foot Patrol members are actively and directly involved in solving those problems in a community-based, non-confrontational manner. Foot Patrols collaborate with the City's Crime Prevention Coordinators, police, neighborhood coalitions and associations, schools, parks personnel, and area businesses to help make sure that neighborhood problems receive a prompt and effective response. A Foot Patrol is a great way to meet like-minded people, contribute to your community, and get some exercise too!”
Participation in Foot Patrols is created according to the availability of participants. Patrols might be scheduled once a week, every two weeks or once a month for a 45 minute to an hour walk with several neighbors.
You are welcome to join with neighbors to help create a positive presence of caring in our community, have some fun and get some exercise at the same time!
Please RSVP for this valuable training by emailing Patrice Hanson at firstname.lastname@example.org or Bill Dolan at email@example.com.
Each year in April and October Pearl Residents take a Saturday morning to Polish the Pearl. Saturday April 19th meet us at Peet’s Coffee (1114 NW Couch) at 8:30 a.m. for a free coffee and supplies. We will wrap up around 11:30 a.m. with a free burrito at Chipotle to celebrate our efforts. This is a great opportunity to meet your neighbors and help the Pearl District stay beautiful. Just bring yourself. We will supply trash grabbers, gloves, recycle bags and trash bags.
The Pearl District can only maintain its exceptional cleanliness with help from neighbors like you!
To register for the event, please go to www.solv.org and locate “Polish the Pearl” on the Events Calendar. Coordinate with friends, your apartment manager or homeowner’s association and register as a team. Make sure to share this event with neighbors.
On Saturday, October 26th, 2013 81 residents and friends of the Pearl District helped at the bi-annual Polish the Pearl. Beginning with coffee at Peet's Coffee on NW Couch, the teams spread out across the district sweeping and cleaning. 56 bags of trash and eight bags of recyclables were collected and delivered to Legacy Good Sam for disposal. Groups included Waterfront Pearl, the Pearl Rotary, and Way To Happiness teams, as well as PDNA members. Chipotle on NW Lovejoy provided burritos to the workers at the close of the event. It was fun!
Thank you Legacy, Peet's Coffee, CMI, MSI, SOLVE, NWNW, Whole Foods, and Chipotle for a successful event.
If you weren't able to participate this time, please contact the Livability Committee Chair Joan Pendergast at firstname.lastname@example.org to get in on the fun in the spring of 2014!