Occupy Portland Damage to Parks

As I reported today on the growing costs of Occupy Portland, I learned from City Commissioner Nick Fish that the best estimate for damage done to Chapman and Lownsdale parks is still $19,000 – but that was an assessment done three weeks ago.

Fish says after this weekend’s expected removal of the Occupiers, it will take a week to fully clear the parks of their property, assess damage, and make plans for restoration. He says it could take many months to repair what’s been harmed, and some work can’t be done until the spring.

He says he’s also hearing from the public and local businesses who want to help in that effort — people who support the Occupy Movement with individuals pledging amounts like $15 and $40. Tomorrow, look for a push from the city to donate money for park restoration through the Portland Parks Foundation.

Question: will you or your business put forth cash to help repair the damage to the downtown parks?

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