Sorg Rhododendron Garden is big hit in Summerlake Park, especially during April and May when the rhododendrons and azaleas are in bloom.
The Rhododendron Garden was dedicated to Otto Karl Sorg (1905-1982) on October 23, 2001, following an agreement to transplant rhododendrons and azaleas from other Sorg properties to Summerlake Park. City crews transplanted approximately 15 rhododendrons and azaleas that were over 20 years old. Some of the rhododendrons were eight-feet across and required a loader to move. The garden continues to improve and expand as additional plants are donated or purchased.
Canada Goose Management in Summerlake Park
At the request of local residents, Tigard Parks & Rec began a new program in March to manage geese at Summerlake Park.
The city regularly receives complaints requesting that Canada goose problems be addressed. In February and March, geese populations and complaints were increasing. Requests from area residents often point to concern for public health and safety in the park. Canada geese are enjoyed by many, but according to The United States Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, conflicts can involve:
- The unaesthetic and unpleasant nature of goose feces,
- Possible health concerns over the feces,
- Landscape damage, and
- Geese aggressive toward humans.
The city’s goal is to implement a plan by which an appropriate population of geese can be maintained while not adversely affecting park users. To that end, the city has executed a contract with Geese Guys, a Portland firm specializing in comprehensive and humane Canada Goose Management Programs (CGMP).
Through the month of April, biologists with Geese Guys worked with the United States Fish & Wildlife Service to apply humane egg depredation methods in Summerlake Park order to discourage the hatch out of goslings and resulting exponential population growth.
For more information, contact Steve Martin at firstname.lastname@example.org or 503-718-2591.