Umpqua Bank donates $25K to clean up Occupy camps


Portland-based Umpqua Bank donated $25,000 to clean up Chapman and Lownsdale squares after Occupy protesters camped there.

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Portland-based Umpqua Bank donated $25,000 to the “Restore our Historic Squares Fund,” which aims to clean up Chapman and Lownsdale squares after Occupy protesters camped there.

Occupy Portland protesters descended upon the parks on Oct. 6 and spent more than five weeks at the encampment before the city forced them out Nov. 13.

Though assessments to the turf, trees and structures are ongoing, city officials said the parks suffered thousands of dollars in damages. Mark Ross, a spokesman for Portland Parks & Recreation, said today in a statement the total cost could reach $100,000.

“As a Portland-headquartered business, we believe we have an obligation to support our city and our beautiful parks,” said Ray Davis, CEO and President of Umpqua. “We are pleased to help.”

Read more at OregonLive.com.

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