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SOLVE has moved offices! As of August 1, 2022, our new address is 1501 SW Jefferson St. Portland, OR 97201

Opportunity Details

Urgent Need Neighborhood Cleanup: Rocky Butte and The Grotto

​SOLVE is hosting a trash cleanup event at Rocky Butte Park, home of perhaps the most accessible outdoor rock climbing area in Portland. It’s eccentric and gritty, located in a fairly wild state park at the center of a major metropolitan area. These urban climbing walls have gotten a bit of a reputation for broken glass and other debris and we'd like to change that.

SOLVE defines an urgent need cleanup as an area with a high concentration of litter that poses a threat to public safety and environmental quality. Urgent need cleanups are not family-friendly or suitable for anyone under the age of 18 due to an increased presence of hazardous materials. We will be picking up areas that are potentially adjacent to active encampments. Safety guidelines will be put in place before the cleanup begins. Please come wearing sturdy work boots if you have them.

Time: Wednesday, October 5th, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Meeting Location: Outside the trailhead at NE 92nd Avenue and NE Skidmore Street. MAP LINK

Pre-Registration is Required: Pre-registration is required! Please sign up (green button below) ahead of time to guarantee your spot. 

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

What to Bring: Dress for the weather, wear sturdy work boots if you have them, and long pants. Wear a hat and put on sunscreen if it is a sunny day. Also bring your cell phone, and a filled reusable water bottle. If you bring personal belongings please bring a backpack so you can pick up trash hands-free. 

Restrooms: Restrooms will be available during this event at the Grotto: Gate #4, conference center on right, through the glass doors, bathrooms are on the right.

Parking: There is free street parking available around NE 92nd and Skidmore. The Grotto is also allowing volunteers to park in parking lot #5 down the road on Skidmore.

COVID Safety: Following federal mandate changes, masks are not required.

Transit: The Trimet #12 bus stops near this event. Get off at the NE Sandy and Grotto stop and walk 5 minutes to the meeting location. The Red Line MAX train stops nearby as well. Get off at the Parkrose Sumner stop and walk 16 minutes to the meeting location.

Accessibility: This area will not be easily accessible for folks with mobility concerns.

Youth Volunteers: This will be an 18 and older event due to the expected increased amounts of hazardous materials that we will find at this location.

Contact: Contact Jessica Tierney at  or work phone at (971) 346-2705 (this number only accepts calls, not texts) with any questions about this event.

Thank you to our sponsors and partners: 



Age Minimum (with Adult): 18+, Minimum Age:18+, Court Ordered Volunteer - Allowed, Minor Waiver on File Required

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1501 SW Jefferson St. 
Portland, OR 97201
Tax Id #93-0579286