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Creating "Green" Community Space on the Willamette River

The mission of GAF centers on fostering healthy communities by addressing the need for an ecologically sustainable ‘green’ waterfront for St. Johns that will provide a healthy habitat for fish and wildlife, equitable public river access for community members and visitors, a site for local arts, an incubator for green enterprises, and opportunities for environmental education.


We acknowledge that the GAF Site is on the traditional territory of the Cowlitz, Multnomah, and Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde who historically had rich fishing traditions here and who created vibrant communities that thrived and sustained life for their members for thousands of years.

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The Green Anchors Foundation is a new community-led Oregon 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to reclaiming, restoring and regenerating a seven-acre brownfield site in the historically vibrant St. Johns riverside area of Portland, Oregon.​


We support restoring a healthy habitat for fish and wildlife and creating equitable public river access for community members and visitors.  We aim to be a destination for local arts, green enterprises, and provide opportunities for environmental education to ensure the waterfront is protected and preserved for generations to come.


​Green Anchors is proud to be the home of several other non-profits who share our vision of supporting the environment and building a strong community.​


Cathedral Park River Cleanup!
Saturday, September 16 || 3:30–6:00 pm 

Come join the  Human Access Project (HAP)and other local organizations for beach cleanup at Cathedral Park in St. John’s. The goal is to remove 25-40 tons of concrete, rubble and rip-wrap from the south side of the Cathedral Park dock to improve access to the Willamette River in the St. John’s neighborhood. 


WhereMeet at Cathedral Park Beach, at the river's edge of Cathedral Park near the fishing dock at the end of N Pittsburg Avenue. Look for a check-in station. 

What's Provided: Trash grabbers, trash bags, work gloves, and high-vis vests.

543 N Burlington Ave, Portland, OR 97203 - map link here.

RSVP: Registration is required! Please sign up here ahead of time to guarantee your spot. Volunteers 17 and under must be accompanied by an authorized adult.

We hope you can join us - many hands will make light work!

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Sunset Paddlepalooza with Mosquito Fleet

Thursday, September 28 || 6:00–9:00 pm
Green Anchors || 8940 N. Bradford, Portland OR 97203

Join Mosquito Fleet for an evening sunset paddle on the Willamette with lights! Part of this paddle will be at dusk, so if you have lights to bring please do (bike lights work). Come at 6:00 to help us get boats and gear ready. Paddle starts at 6:30.

Mosquito Fleet can provide kayaks and gear for the first 20 RSVPs, but if you’re able to bring your own boat and gear please do. If you need a kayak, please RSVP:


Harvest Festival with Rewild

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Saturday, September 23 || 11:00 am–9:00 pm 

Green Anchors || 8940 N. Bradford, Portland OR 97203

Join the community and help us celebrate the turn of the season and the fall harvest on the land at Green Anchors! 

This event will include music, cider pressing, opportunities to dye with indigo and other plants, acorn processing, a potluck and more! 

Things you can bring if you like: extra produce for the fermentation station, apples and pears for cider, a potluck dish with ingredients, songs and music, dye-ables, clean jars with lids, preserves, plants and seeds, or garden bounty to share!


More information can be found at Rewild 


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Every dollar you contribute goes to support this ground-breaking, brownfield remediation and community-building endeavor! At this time, GAF's 501(c)3 designation is “pending” and subject to the IRS’ discretion.

Donations received are not guaranteed to be tax deductible. 


If you would like more information about the status of your contribution, updates on 501c3 status,

or to speak with someone from donor relations please contact us.

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TEXT: GOGAF to 53-555 and we'll reply with a link to your campaign!



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GAF is a seven-acre brownfield site located at 8940 North Bradford Street on the north shore of the Willamette River, just downstream of the St. Johns Bridge, adjacent to Cathedral Park, in an urban industrial neighborhood long marginalized and overlooked that was once an economic engine for the Oregon shipbuilding and manufacturing industries.

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