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On Saturday, September 7th, the Portland Trail Blazers teamed up with Banfield Pet Hospital® and Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) to renovate one of Portland’s most popular dog parks, PP&R’s Sacajawea Park.
A total of 30 volunteers, consisting of associates from the Trail Blazers and Banfield, as well as local community members, gathered to make improvements to the park. Volunteers planted wildflower and grass seed, and spread paw-friendly cedar chips. Additional amenities to the renovated PP&R park included a new water drainage system, water spigots and a picnic table.
Trail Blazers radio broadcaster Antonio Harvey lead a ribbon-cutting ceremony commemorating the renovation of the park. The new-and-improved dog park reopened following the ceremony when community members came out and joined the celebration with their pets!
During the celebration, Banfield associates provided information regarding their veterinary services and handed out pet-related giveaways. Dr. Andrea Sanchez, medical director for Banfield, was also on-hand to provide tips about dog park etiquette and exercise. Other Trail Blazers personalities, including team mascot Blaze the Trail Cat and the BlazerDancers, joined Banfield and Portland Parks Commissioner Amanda Fritz for the celebration. Head Coach Terry Stotts also made a surprise appearance to visit with community members and check out the improvements. In addition, dog friendly cupcakes, raffle prizes, and a professional pet photo booth helped celebrate the reopening.
“I applaud the partnership the City has with Banfield Pet Hospital, the Portland Trail Blazers and community volunteers,” said Commissioner Fritz. “It was wonderful to see these partners come together to renovate Sacajawea Dog Park.”
As part of a partnership with the team, Banfield created an annual dog park renovation program. Now in its third year, Trail Blazers fans voted again for one of three PP&R dog parks to receive a makeover courtesy of Banfield and the Trail Blazers. Sacajawea won with a resounding 71 percent of the votes (of 11,105 votes).
Located in Northeast Portland at NE 75th Avenue and Roselawn Street, the 4.9-acre Sacajawea Park was named after Shoshone Indian Sacajawea, who famously guided Lewis and Clark across the west. A popular off-leash dog park, PP&R believes both two and four-legged visitors will greatly benefit from the renovations. />/>/>/>/>/>/>/>/>/>/>/>