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State grant makes Nadaka Nature Park dreams a reality

Nadaka Nature Park, through a partnership with Gresham, is awarded a $523,000 grant for park improvements

State grant makes Nadaka Nature Park dreams a reality; awards $523,000 grant. Neighborhood park to be completed with community gardens, a nature-based play area, picnic shelter and improved walking trail. Info here!
Nadaka Park. Click to enlarge

Source: Gresham Outlook, August 2, 2013

The state has awarded a $523,000 grant to fund improvements at Nadaka Nature Park in Gresham’s Wilkes East neighborhood.

"It is unbelievable," said Lee Dayfieid, who cried, laughed and screamed when she heard the news last week that the park, through its partnership with the city of Gresham, won the $523,480 grant from the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.

The money means that the little-known and once-neglected forested area in the middle of the city can become a full-blown neighborhood park complete with community gardens, a nature-based play area, picnic shelter and improved walking trail.

Wilkes East Neighborhood, Summer 2013 newsletter. Download It Here!

Wilkes East Neighborhood, Gresham Oregon USA. Diversity, Harmony, Community - Together we can make a difference!

Wilkes East Summer 2013 newsletter has arrived. Find out what's happening in your neighborhood. Inside this issue: Albertina Kerr to expand facility; Draft Transportation Policy; Boys & Girls Club assumes PAL; Nadaka Community Festival Aug 3; National Night Out Aug 6; Nadaka Nature Park/Garden Project; WENA General Meeting, Aug 26, 7PM. Click here!
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Find out what's happening
    in your neighborhood



  • Albertina Kerr to expand facility
  • Draft Transportation Policy
  • Boys & Girls Club assumes PAL
  • Nadaka Community Festival Aug 3
  • National Night Out Aug 6
  • Nadaka Nature Park/Garden Project
  • WENA General Meeting, Aug 26, 7PM

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Newsletters are a regular publication of the Wilkes East Neighborhood Association. They are hand-delivered to over 1,500 residences and businesses in our area, timed to correspond with our regular meetings.

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Garden Fresh Produce Returns! Local Farmer's Markets Reopen for 2013

Local Farmer's Markets reopen. Enjoy the freshest produce and products. Find farmer's markets here!

Stretch your grocery dollars at the farmer's market

Enjoy the best produce, flowers, and plants starts direct from the garden.

Healthy and fresh
Farmer’s markets are a fantastic source for fresh, seasonal, locally produced foods and artisan products. Plus, you'll find great activities and fun for the whole family. Come experience the markets. Meet the vendors. Meet local cooks. Enjoy the freshest produce and products. Make your own statement in support of local food.

Want to grow your own vegetables?
Check out Portland Nursery's 12-month "Veggie Calendar" planting guide here.

Portland's east side Farmer's Markets

(Complete details on these area markets below)

You'll find plenty of root vegetables, braising greens and lettuces, and of course plant starts for your own vegetable garden.

Bring your reusable shopping bags and plenty of small bills, though some of the markets will trade you a credit/debit card for wooden tokens that all vendors accept, which can be easier to handle than cash. We've indicated those markets that accept EBT or other food assistant coupons.

Aircraft traffic to increase over Wilkes East during summer airport construction

Aircraft traffic to increase over Wilkes East during summer airport construction. Info here!

Get ready for another summer of increased air traffic as PDX airport runway construction resumes, again

Work is planned to reconstruct Taxiway C and repair the south runway this spring through fall 2013 at Portland International Airport (PDX).

Planned is the full reconstruction of the eastern portion of Taxiway C, which provides aircraft access to and from the south runway. The south runway repair will replace concrete that was damaged after a military jet’s tire failed, causing its landing gear to scrape the runway. Temporary repairs are already in place.

Taxiway C reconstruction work will run from April 1 through mid-October. Repairs are planned for the south runway from approximately April 15 to May 31, and again from August 16 to September 29. The runway will be open between June 1 and August 15 to help accommodate peak summer traffic.

While no major flight schedule delays are expected, airport neighbors should expect increased flights over some airport neighborhoods during the south runway closure.

Charcoal utility trailer stolen overnight from Wilkes East resident: Fri Mar 8, 2013

Charcoal utility trailer stolen overnight from Wilkes East resident: Fri Mar 8, 2013. Info Here!
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Have You Seen This Trailer?

Did this "fairly new" but quite used charcoal utility trailer appear at your neighbor's home over the weekend?

If so, call the police immediately!

The trailer with a 5' x 8' bed and a partial load of wood debris from a demolished deck was stolen from the driveway in the Wilkes East neighborhood at NE 162nd and Multnomah St sometime between Friday evening March 8th and Sunday morning March 11th. Most likely the theft occured overnight Friday.

Because the hitch was locked, the trailer was probably towed away using only the safety chain.

Contact the Police
A police report has been filed. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of this trailer is urged to contact the Gresham Police 503-823-3333.

Got Radon? The only way to know your home’s Radon level is to test

Got Radon? You can't see, smell or taste it - but it's there. The only way to know your home’s Radon level is to test. Info here!

Radon. An Invisible Danger.

Radon gas occurs naturally. It is present in nearly all soil and rock. You can't see, smell or taste it - but it's there.

Radon forms when uranium breaks down to radium, which in turn breaks down to form radon. As radon decays, it releases radioactive byproducts that are inhaled.

Health Impact
Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking -- and the number one reason why non-smokers die of lung cancer. It's estimated to be responsible for over 21,000 deaths annually in the United States.

Is Their Radon In Your Home
Radon enters a home through cracks in walls, basement floors, foundations and other openings. Once inside, radon can become trapped and build up to unsafe levels, especially in areas below ground-level. Nationwide it's estimated that 1 in every 15 homes has elevated radon levels. In the Portland / Vancouver area (map) that number can skyrocket to 1 in 4 homes.

Boys and Girls Club to manage Gresham youth center for ailing Police Activities League

Boys and Girls Club to manage Gresham youth center for ailing Police Activities League. Info here!
PAL Center, NE 172nd Av, Gresham OR

The Boys & Girls Club of Portland Metropolitan Area has agreed to take over management of the Gresham youth center run by the struggling Police Activities League of Greater Portland, the groups announced Friday.

Source: oregonlive.com (Feb 22, 2013)

After-school activities and services to continue in West Gresham
The change will take effect on March 1, according to a press release. The groups hope to keep the center open for regular hours during the transition, but warned there may be a temporary closure.

The announcement comes less than two weeks after the Portland PAL board warned it might have to shut the doors of the youth center in Gresham. Last-minute donations helped keep the doors open, but PAL’s board concluded this week that it could not continue on its own. The board opted to find someone else who could continue providing the after-school activities and services that it has offered to youths, said PAL board chairman Mark McGinnis.

"The Boys & Girls Clubs' commitment to serving the community is consistent with our mission, and we look forward to their carrying on PAL's work of providing opportunities for law enforcement and youth to have positive, meaningful interaction through the Clubs," McGinnis said in a statement. Read story here.

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