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The Rose Festival Helps Maintain Portland’s Front Yard

The Portland Rose Festival — the signature event at Governor Tom McCall Waterfront Park — works year round to help keep its home park clean and healthy for all to enjoy. Waterfront Park is now undergoing the first of two stages of a facelift: Years of heavy use and the buildup of organic material had begun to affect turf and drainage. Portland Parks & Recreation crews are working on the project, and the Portland Rose Festival is proud to be able to step up to contribute significant financial support to Waterfront Park’s makeover.

The Rose Festival is Waterfront Park’s largest event, so it’s fitting the organization is also the largest single contributor to the restoration efforts. The entire cost for the Waterfront Park restoration project is estimated at $323,128. The Portland Rose Festival has pledged a contribution of $100,000.00 (nearly one-third of the projects total cost).

“Portland Parks & Recreation cannot be successful without strong community partners,” says Portland Parks Commissioner Nick Fish. “All users of Waterfront Park will benefit from the Rose Festival Foundation’s continuing stewardship of Portland’s festival home on the Willamette River.”

The cost is split 50/50 between the city and special events promoters using the park. Of the events contributing to the effort, the Rose Festival’s $100,000 commitment is the largest. (Other events that use the park and have contributed to the repairs are: Cinco De Mayo, the Bite of Oregon, the Oregon Brewers Festival, Shamrock Run and The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.)

“The Rose Festival takes great pride in its stewardship in Portland Parks and in playing a leadership role in the restoration of the Tom McCall Waterfront Park,” says Jeff Curtis (CEO, Portland Rose Festival Foundation). “In addition to this special appropriation the Festival pays $120,000 in permit fees to present our most visible event, Rose Festival CityFair, and between $10,000 and $15,000 annually to restore it.”

As a non-profit charitable foundation, the Portland Rose Festival recognizes the value of giving back to the community. Other examples of the Festival’s charitable impact include contributing to the restoration of Waterfront Park and the historic Rose Building as well as partnering in fundraising events for the David Campbell Memorial Association and the Dougy Center for Grieving Families.

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