Sharon Keast

Social trails become compacted, act as channels draining the wetland

A visit to April Hill Park after a rain event in February 2015 told a clear and obvious story that the social trails are seriously impacting the natural area. One of the impacts is these compacted trails act as channels draining the wetland. The salamander, newts, and frogs need the wetland to develop from immatures into adults. If the wetland dries up too fast, they die. This video shows how one of the social trails is draining the wetlands.

The new April Hill Park Protection Project with boardwalk, bridges and trails are designed to prevent this, providing a safe way for visitors to experience the park’s natural areas with minimum impact. This project is funded by the Metro Natural Areas Bond Measure’s Nature in the Neighborhood Capital Grants Program, Portland Parks & Recreation, and generous donations by neighbors.

New Seasons Green Team Work Party

Thursday, July 14, 2016
1:30 – 3:30 pm
All neighbors are welcomed to join in. Meet at the playground. See you there and Thank you New Seasons.


Wetland Protection Project Kick off Celebration

Friday, June 10
11am – 1pm
Honored Guests: City of Portland Parks Commissioner Amanda Fritz, Metro Councilor Bob Stacey, Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde David Harrelson.

The April Hill Park boardwalk, bridges & observation platform are becoming a reality through the dedicated efforts of the project team: Friends of April Hill Park, Portland Parks & Recreation, Josh Owen, Maplewood Neighborhood Association, and Southwest Neighborhoods – SW Watershed Resource Center.

Funding for project construction from Portland Parks & Recreation, the Metro Natural Areas Bond Measure’s Nature in Neighborhoods Capitol Grant Program, and generous donations from community residents.

Work Party Flyer

April Hill Park Annual OSU Alumni Work Party

Saturday, May 21, 2016
9am – 12pm
This is a community project and all are welcomed.
(Children must bring an adult)

The Friends of April Hill Park, Portland Parks & Recreation, and OSU Alumni invite you to join them in april Hill Park this Saturday, May 21, from 9am – 12pm.

Bird Walk Flyer

Friends of April Hill Park Bird Walk

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Meet at the April Hill Park kiosk. Led by Sarah Swanson & Max Smith, authors: Must See Birds of the Pacific Northwest. Enjoy the songs and netting behavior of the birds who make their home at the April Hill Park wetland and surrounding area. Find out more about ways to help enhance habitat for birds, both in the park and in your neighborhood.

Families welcome.

Sponsored by Friends of April Hill Park, Maplewood Neighborhood Association and Portland Parks & Recreation.

View or print the flyer.