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Rose Festival Gives Back to Parks

Rose Festival Tops Million Dollar Mark for City Parks

The Rose Garden Store — built by Portland Parks and Recreation and operated by the Portland Rose Festival Foundation — announced that it has exceeded the million dollar milestone in net contributions to the City of Portland Parks Bureau, in annual sales over the fifteen year period since opening in 2000. Rose Festival President Frank Chinn presented Commissioner Amanda Fritz with a symbolic million-dollar check in recognition of the Festival’s commitment to giving back to the city that made the festival its official celebration.

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“The Rose Festival is Portland’s Official Festival. The Foundation and the City have a long history of working together,” said Amanda Fritz (Portland City Commissioner in charge of Parks). “I am pleased to be here today to recognize this rather large and remarkable contribution from such a little store sitting up here in Portland’s amazing International Rose Test Garden.”

“We’re proud of the fact that we have been able to support the city parks in this way,” said Frank Chinn (Portland Rose Festival President). “Our store staff does a great job of finding and offering unique rose themed items for souvenir hungry tourist.”

The Rose Garden store carries a variety of rose and garden themed items and is Portland’s own rose themed specialty shop. Serving thousands of visitors each season from March to December the store is located at the south end of the parking area for the Washington Park Rose Gardens and right above the International Rose Test Gardens. Classified as a non-profit museum store — proceeds from the store go to help support Portland’s public rose gardens and the Portland Rose Festival. To commemorate the anniversary, the store is offering a 15% discount on most items until May 4.

The Portland Rose Festival has made Portland, Oregon a better place to live and visit for 107 years. As Portland’s Official Festival, The Rose Festival attracts over one million people to the Pacific Northwest every year. By sharing community pride, the Rose Festival provides Portland with fun and entertainment for all ages and generates more than $75 million for the region’s economy and local businesses.

The Rose Festival Foundation is a non-profit that serves the community by providing families with events and programs that promote the arts, education and volunteerism. We value environmental responsibility, cultural diversity, patriotism and our floral heritage.