On April 12th, Riverton hosted an event for Global Youth Service Day. Students Sabrin Hassan and Zahro Sharif organized the youth in their community to come together and celebrate Earth Day with a community clean-up and presentation from local composter Garbage to Garden. Zahro describes the day below:
"April 12th was a beautiful day and young children from the ages 4 to 18 gathered together to serve our community. We all gathered together at the study center and divided each other in three groups to clean the two playground and the basketball court. For an hour and half, we went around the playground picking up every piece of trash our eyes caught. After picking up 5 bags of trash, we finally settled down to listen to the importance of recycling and the cycle of what happens to trash after it's thrown away. With the help of school board member Pious Ali and his friends, we ate pizza. Some of the boys from the community, now with a full stomach, played basketball with the new basketballs."
Thanks to these students and their helpers, our community is now cleaner and safer! We also have some brand new basketballs available to check out at the study center to use on our newly repainted court.
The people of Riverton Park make up one of the most tightly-knit communities Portland has to offer. As of October 2011, there were 628 people residing in Riverton, 62% of which are under 20 years old. The Somali, Sudanese, Iraqi, Vietnamese, and Cambodian communities are strongly represented in the Riverton neighborhood, with many Congolese as well.
Riverton Park was built in 1972 and reflects the common philosophies of community development and urban planning of that era. Riverton Park is comprised of 150 housing units (including those reserved for services), home to mainly large families. The Study Center opened in Fall of 1992 and is located at 61 Riverton Drive.