,Hello! We hope you and your family are staying healthy and sane during this long quarantine. We have been so happy to see so many people visiting the park during this time. It reminds us of the importance of preserving places like this for everyone to enjoy. Please do keep in mind though that the park is small and while it remains open to visitors, we need to ensure that social distancing and wise practices are being followed. Playgrounds across the country are closed during this outbreak because touching surfaces which have been touched by others is a possible form of transmission. If you bring your kids to the park, please have them refrain from climbing upon things or picking up and moving objects. The same goes with adults sitting on the benches. In normal times we would encourage this type of interaction, but until this pandemic passes, we do not want our park being a point of transmission. As you visit, keep in mind that many others will do the same during the day. So for now, enjoy the trees, gaze up at them, walk around, take pictures and enjoy their presence, and please limit your visits to looking and not touching, for now.
May we all gather soon, in better times!
Thank you to all of those who stood ready to come see the outdoor film screening on Saturday night. We thought we'd have a break in the weather but in the end couldn't get the projector and sound set up with the rain falling so had to postpone it. So now you have another chance to see it! We will be screening the film at 8pm on Thursday, Sept 12 at Save The Giants Park, 3658, SE Martins Street. Please bring a chair and/or a blanket and join us for what we know we be a special evening. Filmmaker Luz Carasa has compiled some amazing footage of the battle to save these giant sequoia trees from destruction back in 2015. What better place to watch this inspiring story than under the vary trees which are the stars of the film?
We are very excited to announce that we will be screening the acclaimed new 26-minute documentary "Giants", about our efforts to Save The Giants, underneath the sequoias on Saturday, Sept. 7th at 8pm. Filmmaker Luz Carasa and her team collected extensive interviews and compiled lots of never-before-seen footage from the exciting and tense stand-off between developer Vic Remmers and the community which wished to save the giant sequoias from destruction. Come re-live the inspiring events on the big screen - you'll see what it was like for Lorax Dave in his platform shelter, hear first hand accounts of how it all went down, view wild drone footage of the renegade arborists who scaled from tree to tree during the showdown. Please bring a chair or blanket and join us for a what will be a memorable evening and celebration of a time when a community "cared a whole awful lot."
EVENT WILL BE POSTPONED IF RAINING - CHECK FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE FOR UPDATES.
We're really excited to announce that "Giants" a 26 minute documentary by Luz Carasa is now complete. It was made with our co-operation and features footage shot during the protests as well as interviews with key participants. The film is part of the "Canopy Stories" series which will be playing at festivals and will hopefully find distribution soon.
Reactions from the first screenings were very positive and we are putting together a plan to screen the film at Save The Giants Park later this summer so please watch this site and our facebook page for more information about that. As more people learn about the story of Save The Giants, the trees continue to inspire more hope and efforts by citizens to make things better. This was our greatest hope when we put forth so much effort to save these three trees: that by doing so, they would serve as living monuments, and ripple future change outwards. Come hug these amazing trees soon!
Come celebrate with us on Saturday, June 22, 3pm-7pm! We will have delicious BBQ (a whole pig, southern style. Veggie options too, of course). Three live bands! Amazing pie! Cold beverages! This year will be an especially meaningful celebration because we need only $7,000 to officially pay off all of the loans on the land for the park. This is a really important milestone for this effort. Back when we first made the leap to attempt to purchase this property from the developer who wished to cut down all of the trees, we were not sure if there would be enough community resources to actually pay for the land. It was not cheap, after all. But it turned out that there was. All of you who have come to our events, bought T-shirts, raffle tickets, pitched in when you can, you have made a difference! Please join us under the bog trees on what we hope will be a sunny Saturday afternoon for some good cheer and gratitude for something gone right.
It's right around the corner! This Sunday we'll all gather for the 4th Annual Lighting of the Sequoias. This year is particularly exciting because a generous donor has offered to match all donations raised between now and the end of the event. We are only about $19,000 from paying off all of the debt on the land, a huge milestone fore our efforts. Once the debt is cleared we can begin the process of registering the trees as heritage trees, protected forever. Future events at the park can partner with other non-profits and raise funds for them. In this way the trees can give back to the community that worked so hard to save them. Please join us on Sunday, rain or shine, and help us celebrate the holidays and giant trees! If you can't make it, but would like to make a donation which will be matched (and is tax deductible), you can do that here.
We're all getting ready for one of the best events of the year. Please plan to join us for the 4th annual lighting of the sequoias. We'll have hot drinks, delicious pie from Mehri's Bakery and Cafe, music, a raffle for killer Blazers tickets, and many cool gift items to support the park. Do you know someone who would love a cool winter hat like the ones below that helped save three beautiful old trees from being cut down? Get them at the event!
On Monday our friends from Oregon Tree Care came to hang the lights. It's always exciting to see them climb all the way to the top of the tallest sequoia tree, 180 feet up. We can't wait to see everything lighted! Click here for more info about the tree lighting. See you there!
Come one, come all, to our 4th annual Lighting of the Sequoias! There's no better way to get into the spirit than to celebrate under the giant boughs of the biggest sequoia trees around. Watch this site for more info and mark your calendars!
This is going to be a good one guys. We'll have a good old fashioned pig pickin' bbq, North Carolina style and some great bands including local favorites Lenore! We will celebrate the saving of the giants and continue to raise funds to support the park. We're down to $70k to pay off the land and when that happens the sequoias can be registered as heritage trees and protected forever! Please mark your calendars and let your friends know. This is the place to be on the afternoon of Saturday June 23!
We're very excited about the upcoming 3rd annual lighting of the sequoias coming up on Sunday, Dec 10th, 3:30-6:00pm. We'll have live music, free hot drinks and sweets, all sorts of amazing Save The Giants gifts like hats, mugs and T-shirts, as well as a raffle for killer seats to a Blazers game! Come one come all!