The Poppino Pavilion has now been completed and is ready for use. The pavilion was built in memory of John Poppino of Milwaukie, Oregon and Marvin Everett of Meridian, Idaho. John was a charter member of Forests Forever, Inc that owns and operates the Hopkins Demonstration Forest. He dedicated many hours to help continue the educational program and vision of Hopkins. John spent his career working for the US Forest Service and was active with the Oregon Small Woodlands Association and Clackamas County Farm Forestry Association.
The Poppino family donated the seed money to begin work on the pavilion in his memory, along with Ken and Glenda Everett and Charles and Elaine Wilcox in memory of their brother, Marvin. Bartel Contracting of Gladstone donated the labor to erect the cedar poles and beams for the pavilion and attach the roof. Other contributors include Pete Willie, with other volunteers from the facilities committee completed the finish work, as well as The Friends of Paul Bunyan Foundation who generously helped to fund this project. Stan Raney, who did the masonry work for Everett Hall, also did the work for the fireplace in the pavilion. Peter Matzka, Hopkins Forest Educator, now has a place where students and other groups can assemble, especially during the wet months before going out into the forest. The Poppino Pavilion is a beautiful asset to Hopkins and will continue the legacy of his love for forestry that John was known for. On your next trip to Hopkins, be sure to take in this new addition.