Fields Park Opening Ceremony

Posted on 05/20/2013

by Bettie DeWitt

 Although the Park has been open since May 6th, the actual opening ceremony was held last Friday, May 17th and was well attended and loads of fun. The park was blessed by Native American Lois Chillcot from Wisconsin (shown below) and many of PDX’s bigwigs were there too.

Menominee Tribe Elder Lois Chillcot.  Photo: Elliott Schofield
Menominee Tribe Elder Lois Chillcot.
Photo: Elliott Schofield
Preschoolers from Early Learners Academy at the Ramona Photo: Elliott Schofield
Preschoolers from Early Learners Academy at the Ramona
Photo: Elliott Schofield

Preschool kids from the Portland Public Schools Early Learners Academy at the Ramona made banners and held them proudly while the older children from the Montessori School performed a song and, I think, signed it as well. That’s what it looked like to me!

Fields Park Opening 6
Tiffany Sweitzer and Commissioner Nick Fish
Photo: Elliott Schofield

Even though it started to sprinkle, a little rain didn’t dampen anyone’s spirits. Dogs and their two-legged keepers shared the space and fun was had by all. It didn’t hurt that Safeway donated some delish treats for the occasion!

Photo: Elliott Schofield
Photo: Elliott Schofield

Here’s a great view of the dog park area, the first of it’s kind in Portland designed from the ground up (Portland parks and Recreation) with your dog in mind!

Photo: Elliott Schofield
Photo: Elliott Schofield

Get out and enjoy! We’ve documented picnics, frisbee tournaments, outdoor classes, painting easels, hugging, sunbathing, soccer practice, jogging, meandering, flower picking (not recommended), sandcastles, teddy bears on hammocks, reading and bicycling. Have you seen any other use of the park yet? That can be printed here, I mean!!

4 thoughts on “Fields Park Opening Ceremony”

    1. Hi Adam. That corner of Block 15 used to be Isobel’s Garden, a community garden sponsored by the Zimmerman Community Center. Because we hope to develop this block soon, this garden moved nearer to the Ramona Apartments, in which the center resides, on our undeveloped Block 26. With its new raised beds, the garden thrives under the the tender care of the children and their teachers from the Creative Learning Center.

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