Brooms, grabbers and trash bags in hand, more than 100 participants turned out to clean up the streets of the Pearl District in the semi-annual Polish the Pearl event on October 17th. Wearing an array of orange and yellow vests, the spirited volunteers, led by street captains, marched through the streets of the neighborhood picking up trash.
The group gathered early in the morning at Peet’s Coffee to pick up equipment, receive instructions and mingle with their friends and neighbors. Finishing up several hours later, volunteers assembled at the Fields Park to enjoy donated refreshments and to vie for the raffle prize of a donated bicycle.
Leader of the event, Jennifer Posivak of the Pearl District Neighborhood Association (PDNA) Livability Committee, reported the following results:
A total of 41 walk ins who had not preregistered on the SOLVE website.
65 Individuals preregistered on the SOLVE website - 92 total number of volunteers (one person can register multiple people).
13 youths under 18 participated.
55 free coffee tickets were turned in to Peet's coffee.
100 donated tacos were delivered to the Fields park from The Fields Bar & Grill.
59 raffle tickets were counted.
105 total garbage bags weighing in at 2100 pounds.
5 total recycle bags (consolidated multiple bags).
Polish the Pearl is sponsored by the PDNA and is held in the fall and spring every year.
Reported by Stan Penkin
There are so many ways to be involved with the PDNA Livability Committee! If you want to know who to contact regarding a specific topic or how many subcommittees they have, take a look at this chart: PDNALCOrgChart
On November sixth Walk Score launched a new 2014 ranking of Most Walkable U.S. Cities & Neighborhoods, and the Pearl District is the most walkable neighborhood in Portland.
Check out the Pearl’s section here: http://www.walkscore.com/OR/Portland/Pearl_District to learn more.
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