‘Springwater Cycle Stroll’ raises awareness, benefits Johnson Creek

Here’s the outcome of an event hosted by the Johnson Creek Watershed Council in this fall …

JCWC board member Perry Rikli, left, presents the Springwater Cycle Stroll “Most Miles Award” to Jason Howard, center, accompanied by the organization’s Executive Director, Matt Clark.

Story and photo by David F. Ashton
This fall, the Johnson Creek Watershed Council (JCWC) hosted a new event called the “Springwater Cycle Stroll” — a benefit in which participants took pledges for money, based on the miles they traveled on the Springwater Trail.

“Participants were encouraged ride their bikes, walk, run, jog, or skateboard along the Springwater Corridor Trail,” explained the organization’s Executive Director, Matt Clark. “They logged their miles and collected pledges from family and friends on behalf of JCWC.”

It wasn’t so much a contest, as an event to raise awareness of the work the organization does to help preserve and improve the quality of Johnson Creek – from Gresham to its confluence with the Willamette River.

Reached goal of 100 miles
This year’s top earner in the Springwater Cycle Stroll was JCWC’s own Vice Board Chair, Jason Howard. “I met my goal of riding 100 miles during the event. And, I was able to raise about $400 to help forward our efforts.”

In total, Clark said that twelve participants raised over $3,400 that will support the Council’s restoration, education, and outreach programs. “A total of 85 donors supported participants who traveled a total of 336 miles. We’re already planning next year’s Springwater Cycle Stroll; this will become an annual event.”

To learn more about their upcoming activities, see their website: CLICK HERE. Or, give ‘em a call at or call (503) 652-7477.

© 2009 David F. Ashton ~ East Portland News

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