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Portland Named America’s Most Natural City in Safeway Poll

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Last updated on August 16th, 2012 at 12:05 pm

Safeway tapped into the power of Facebook to determine “America’s Most Natural City.” The winning city was Portland, Ore., based on the city’s natural attractions, green spaces and outdoor ­activities. The city was awarded with 25 picnic ­tables, sectioned off from the 305-ft. Douglas Fir table that recently broke the Guinness World Record for the World’s Longest Picnic Table. The table was built in celebration of Safeway’s Open Nature™, a new line of 100 percent natural foods.

Portland secured 1,189 votes in the contest; coming in second and third were Denver and Seattle, respectively.

Safeway donated $20,000 to the Portland Parks and Recreation to aid with maintaining its park facilities, which have come under pressure from countrywide budget cuts.

“We applaud Safeway for their charitable ­giving. Portland Parks & Recreation welcomes the generous donation, which will go toward the city’s E-205 Initiative to enhance nature trails and build park amenities such as children’s playgrounds in the East Portland area,” said Nick Fish, Portland parks commissioner. “These ­improvements will make a huge impact in ­historically underserved East Portland.”

In the photo: Safeway executives, Portland officials and kids celebrate the money given to Portland Parks & Recreation to help maintain the city’s parks.

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