January 21, 2004
Also in the park:
--Amphitheater: Generally used as part of some other event.
-- Eco-Earth Globe: An old industrial acid-ball, 25-feet in diameter, painted as a globe. This solution to the last vestige of previous industrial use in the park was brought about by popular agreement.
The gently rolling terrain is laced with paths and sprinkled with benches. Open green spaces are an invitation to romp with dogs or kids or toss about a Frisbee. The riverside is dotted with overlooks and picnic facilities. The river hosts an interesting variety of wildlife, lots of water birds both transient and permanent, as well as the occasional human variety in a canoe. On my last visit I watched a beaver cross the river and saw a flock of seagulls visiting from the coast.
--Events vary throughout the year and are posted in the Statesman Journal.
--The World Beat Festival takes place the last weekend in June. This is a multi-cultural festival representing 5 continents. It pretty much takes over the park, they need all that space. There are more than 100 demonstrations, and performances from a wide range of cultures: Bonsai creation and care, tea ceremonies from a number of nations; drums, dances, and storytelling of the Native American cultures; step dancing, tap dance, martial arts, mahjonng, taiko drummers, chamber music, klezmer music (Jewish soul), belly dance, fencing, didjeridu and percussion, and folk dancers from Nepal and Laos are just a sampling of what’s offered. Also enjoy the foods, games, activities -- too numerous to mention. There are even several parades including a Parade of Nations. You’re sure to see old favorites and just as sure to discover something new all for a suggested donation of $2. All proceeds go to benefit cultural programs at AC Gilbert Discovery Village .
The park is bounded by Front and Marion Streets, and by the Willamette River.
From journal Cherry City and Irises, a Tale of Two Capitols