The Gathering

The gathering during the 2018 St. Helens Citizens Day in the Park.

Gather your family, grab your neighbors, and plan for a day of fun at the third annual Citizens Day in the Park hosted by the City of St. Helens.

The community celebration is happening from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 22, in McCormick Park, 475 S. 18th Street.

Citizens Day in the Park is a day focused on making and strengthening community connections. It’s an opportunity for people to put down their cell phones, turn off the television, and enjoy a day of fun in a local park with friends and family. Activities are family-friendly and designed for a wide age- range.

“We hope people come out to enjoy a day at our biggest park,” St. Helens Mayor Rick Scholl said. “This is a great opportunity to get to know a neighbor or make a new friend.”

The day starts with a car show at 11 a.m. hosted by the Highway 30 Cruisers and sponsored by Les Schwab Tire Center and NAPA Auto Parts. In addition to classic cars, there will also be vehicles from the St. Helens Police Department, Columbia River Fire and Rescue, and the National Guard on display.

At 12:30 p.m., enjoy a free barbeque lunch thanks to generous donations from local businesses. Food is available on a first come, first served basis while supplies last.

Hamburgers and hot dogs will be provided courtesy of St. Helens IGA Fresh Market, antipasto salad by Sunshine Pizza, chips and cookies by Safeway, water by Skinny’s and Chubb’s, ice by Stan’s Refrigeration, condiments and plasticware by Wal-Mart, and tables and chairs by Don’s Rental. People are encouraged to bring a favorite side dish to share with those sitting around them. Dutch Bros will be at the park selling drinks.

Citizens Day in the Park is being celebrated in conjunction with the 20th anniversary of the McCormick Park Skate Park.

Bring your bicycle or skateboard and enjoy music while you catch some air.

The St. Helens Recreation Center will provide lawn game equipment and family activities to enjoy.

Additional portable toilets and dumpsters will be available thanks to Hudson Garbage Service.

Any businesses or non-profits that would like to contribute to or participate in Citizens Day in the Park should contact City of St. Helens Communications Officer Crystal Farnsworth, at 503-366-8215, or


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