Mosier Waterfront Work Party Feb. 17th 2003
What a great Work Party!! Thanks to all of you who showed
up & put your backs into our work today. The morning was sunny &
beautiful and twenty-three people showed up to help out. The workers
ranged in age from 7 to 84 years of age! The young kids learned how to plant
maple seeds on the Columbia and willow cuttings next to the river. Tom and
Donna Wehrley did an admirable job around the waste water plant, working
hard to distract the eye and make the area more attractive with Oregon grape
& wild roses! The roses are only around the facility gate - the operators
don't want any species near the west end of the plant that have falling
leaves or needles. The site has been a real challenge - three years of plantings
have not thrived, but this year's will prosper: it was a very good
sign that as soon as we finished the fantastic pizza lunch provided
by Iva Harmon, we had a heavy rain! The plants should be very happy...
One of the problems with a gravel parking lot is how do you show people where
to park? Auto bumpers was an idea that seemed workable. Due
to some thinning there were a lot of 5 to 6 inch logs which had been cut
into 6 foot lengths. These were drilled so that rebar could be used
to hold them in place.
Pictured Left to Right: Olivia, Joseph, Matt & Jim.
The logs were then laid out along the side of the parking lot.
Pictured Left to Right: Nerissa, Kim, Gay & Jim.
Rebar was driven down through the holes to hold them in place. This
took a lot of work due to the rocks underneath.
Pictured Right to Left: Nerissa, Olivia, Matt, Jim & Joseph.
Much of the rebar was used and had to be straightened.
Pictured right to left: Kim & Nerissa
We took turns as this was hard work.
Pictured right to left: Wilton, Matt & MacKenzie.
We had a cutting torch there to work on the rebar so at the end we went down
under the bridge and removed several pieces that were sticking out waiting
to puncture someone.
By the time we were finished we had parking bumpers which marked out a walk
way on the West side of the parking lot.
The remaining logs were put down the East side to make it all match.
Parking should be much better this year.