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Six new designs for Rockwood offer a bright future for West Gresham

Univ of Oregon Sustainable Cities Initiative presented six new designs for Rockwood at the Gresham Redevelopment Commission meeting Dec 9, 2009
Community-based urban living in
West Gresham's Rockwood triangle. Click to enlarge

Sustainable Cities Year project redefines Rockwood potential.

Proximity to Portland and MAX huge factors.

"Rockwood Boulevard combines social and community goals to transform an isolated and distressed site into a vibrant neighborhood. At the heart of the six arce site is a street lined with local business creating an atmosphere bursting with activity and unique flavor."

Six new designs for Rockwood

University of Oregon graduate students involved in the year-long Sustainable Cities Year program presented six new designs for the Rockwood triangle to an enthusiastic audience at the Gresham Redevelopment Commission (GRC) meeting on Dec 9, 2009. The crowd, which divided into three groups for two presentations and a short Q&A every 20 minutes, liked what they saw.

"Community-based urban living supported by a micro economy of local business" dominated the design themes. Students cited the close proximity to downtown Portland and the importance of the adjacent MAX Blue Line as huge factors in their designs, saying Rockwood is positioned to become a vital and thriving area in West Gresham.

Capri Terrace holds Fall 2009 Neighborhood Watch meeting, hears 911 presentation.

Capri Terrace Neighborhood Watch meeting held Nov 8, 2009
Capri Terrace Fall 2009 meeting
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911 presentation highlights meeting

Neighbors enjoy hot soup & warm conversation on a brisk Fall day

911 Visits Capri Terrace

The topic for the Capri Terrace neighborhood watch was "when to call 911 vs., the non-emergency number".

About 35 people attended the Fall meeting held Nov 8th. A spokesperson from the Bureau of Emergency Communications (BOEC), Melanie Payne (Training and Development) gave the "do's and dont's" for using the 911 system. Melanie did a great job informing everyone about how the system works. She also stressed that kids need to know their address as early on as possible. People need to know when to use the non-emergency number: (503) 823-3333. "911" should only be used when the situation involves saving a Life, stopping a crime in progress, or reporting a fire.

Kevin and Tammy Hanson did a great job hosting. Just in time for Fall there were two large pots of soup, salad, and an assortment of deserts for everyone to enjoy.

Residential Compatibility Public Input Summary report now available. Project on hold, scheduled to resume in 2010.

Residential Compatibility Workshop Public Input Summary report now available. Info Here!
Good Idea, Bad Idea? You decide.

Help ensure new and existing developments are more compatible.

Read what Gresham citizens had to say on this important issue. Download the report here!

Input summary report now available

A Residential Compatibility "Public Input Summary" that describes community reaction to possible residential compatibility solutions is now available on the project website (click on “Project Documents and Meeting Materials”).

Project website (click on link, or paste in your browser) http://greshamoregon.gov/city/city-departments/planning-services/comprehensive-planning/template.aspx?id=9634.

If you attended the workshops, we encourage you to review the information to ensure participants’ comments are correctly described. New comments also are welcome.

Note: This project has been put on hold and is scheduled to resume in 2010.

Local business commits to "Green", installs rooftop solar array

Seko Worldwide's Portland Or facility installs 31Kw rooftop solar array in an effort to increase energy independence
Seko Worldwide, Portland office
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Incentives greatly reduce system cost.

Solar expected to provide 80% of the company's power need.

Solar brightens local business

Another local business has commited itself to GREEN by installing rooftop solar panels at its new 33,000 square foot facility in the Wilkes East area.

The Portland office of SEKO Worldwide, a personalized global freight transportation and logistics provider, is installing a 31Kw 'grid-tie' solar system in an efforts to increase its energy independence. The 143 panel photovoltaic (PV) system will supply about 80% of the company's lighting, heating, and air conditioning power needs when it becomes operational this December.

UPDATED: University of Oregon students to present Rockwood Town Center redevelopment plans: Dec 9, 2009 7PM

12/09/2009 - 7:00pm
What to do with the old Rockwood Fred Meyer site?  University of Oregon students to present Rockwood Town Center redevelopment plans: Dec 9, 2009 7PM. Info here
What to do with the old Rockwood
Fred Meyer site? Click to enlarge

Exciting news for Rockwood!

“Sustainable Suburbs” students study Rockwood catalyst site, will present six different approaches to redeveloping the Rockwood Town Center, Dec 9th 7PM

Members of the larger Rockwood Community encouraged to attend!

When: Wednesday, Dec 9, 2009 7PM
Where: Gresham City Hall
Oregon Trail Conference Center
1333 NW Eastman Pky
Get Map!

You are invited!

As part of the University of Oregon’s year-long engagement with the City of Gresham through its Sustainable Cities Year (http://aaa.uoregon.edu/sci/scy/), students from Professor Nico Larco’s Architecture studio “Sustainable Suburbs” have been studying the Rockwood catalyst site at 185th and SE Stark Street and surrounding areas, interviewing local stakeholders, and visualizing the neighborhood’s potential with sustainability in mind. At the December 9th Gresham Redevelopment Commission Advisory Committee meeting, students from the University of Oregon will present six different approaches to redeveloping the Rockwood Town Center.

UPDATED: Recent area changes and photos below.

Members of the larger Rockwood Community are encouraged to attend on December 9th and be a part of what promises to be an interesting and lively discussion.

UPDATE: November Nadaka Nature Park clean-up event draws large turnout

Nadaka Nature Park clean-up draws large turnout. Special event with Columbia Slough Watershed Council, Nov 14, 2009, sponsored by Friends of Nadaka and the Wilkes East Neighborhood Association, Gresham Oregon
Volunteers register for the event
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Volunteers plant trees, shrubs. Fill 40-yard dumpster with invasives.

Columbia Slough Watershed Council, Concordia University baseball pitch in.

Perfect morning for the event

What started out as a small Nadaka Nature Park clean-up for Saturday, Nov. 14 soon became a large-scale event with 92 volunteers in attendance. Workers performed tasks involving the planting of 14 native trees, 65 shrubs and 170 small plants and herbs, as well as the removal of invasive species including ivy and blackberry bushes. Members of the Columbia Slough Watershed Council volunteered at this event and played a significant role in getting the Concordia University baseball team members involved in preserving this important 12-acre natural forest park located at 176th and NE Pacific just north of Glisan.

Owens Corning's Gresham Plant First LEED(R) Gold-Certified Insulation Facility in the United States

Owens Corning's Gresham Oregon plant becomes first LEED(R) Gold-Certified Insulation Facility in the United States
Owens Corning, Gresham plant
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100% Green Energy Use.

Gresham facility demonstrates its commitment to sustainabilty.

Gresham Strikes Gold

Owens Corning's Gresham Oregon facility celebrated a golden achievement this Fall by receiving the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification for new construction from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) (www.usgbc.org).

The LEED award recognizes superior achievement in design, construction and operation of green buildings. Owens Corning's Gresham plant is the only LEED Gold-certified insulation facility in the United States and one of approximately 203 industrial facilities in the U.S. that have been awarded LEED certification. The Gresham plant began operating in July 2009.

During a ceremony at the plant to celebrate the honor, Karel Czanderna, president of the building materials group, said, "Owens Corning is carrying out our commitment to sustainability today by focusing on three areas: greening our products, greening our operations and accelerating energy efficiency improvements in the built environment. This facility reflects all three components of that approach."

Rockwood might get their courthouse afterall. County votes for Rockwood courthouse (again).

County votes for Rockwood, East County Justice Center (again).  Finding funding for the multi-million dollar project still an issue. Read here!

County commissioners approve scaled-down facility,

Finding funding for the multi-million dollar project still an issue

Source: The Gresham Outlook, Thursday Oct 1, 2009
By Mara Stine

Rockwood might get their courthouse afterall

By a unanimous vote, Multnomah County commissioners approved moving forward with a plan for a new courthouse in Gresham’s Rockwood area Thursday, Oct. 1.

If built – and it is still an if as the county has yet to approve funding for the $17 million to $21 million project – the courthouse will replace Gresham’s old, single courtroom facility on Powell Boulevard. Get Map!

Because so many citizens signed up to testify – all in favor of the project – the 90-minute hearing ran over and two of the five commissioners had to leave for scheduled engagements before voting. But commissioners Jeff Cogen and Deborah Kafoury voiced support for the resolution before leaving.

Volunteer opportunities at Nadaka Nature Park. Join the effort to restore this urban habitat.

Friends of Nadaka invite you to join us in restoring our urban habitat at Nadaka Nature Park.  Info here!
Nadaka Nature Park.
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Volunteer opportunities at
Nadaka Nature Park

Get your Green on!

Join us in restoring this
beautiful urban habitat.

Wilkes East Neighborhood has received a Metro Nature in Neighborhood grant for improvements in Nadaka Nature Park which requires matching volunteer hours so your support is needed and greatly appreciated. See you at the park!


  • When was the last time you visited Nadaka Nature Park?
  • Do you know Nadaka is located in the Wilkes East neighborhood?
  • Did you know there is a Friends of Nadaka group working to improve Nadaka?
  • Do you want to volunteer time - even 1 or 2 hours per month for Nadaka?


The entrance to Nadaka Nature Park is located at NE 175th Ave & NE Pacific St. Parking is curbside. Get Map!

Volunteer opportunities for Nadaka Nature Park include:

  • Organizing monthly cleanups
  • Removal of invasive plants
  • Planting native plants & trees
  • Removing graffiti
  • Writing a history of Nadaka Nature Park
  • Reaching out to organizations, businesses, churches, schools, etc. to become partners for improvements in Nadaka
  • Fulfilling Metro's Nature in Neighborhood grant which includes:
    • A new bench
    • Dog waste stations
    • Trash can
    • Purchase of native plants & trees, etc.
    • Expansion of Nadaka Nature Park onto the recently acquired Nelson property for a community garden, orchard, nature based play area, etc.
  • Art project on North fence
  • Handling registration at cleanups
  • Furnishing baked goods or drinks for volunteers
  • Donating funds for projects at Nadaka.

Join the effort!

Volunteers are critical for accomplishing these tasks. Volunteer time is also required for fulfilling grants. As you can see there are many tasks to choose from -- so volunteer for one, two, or more, and join our effort! Together we can make a difference!

Everything Columbia View Park. Neighbors pitch-in to help City care for the park.

Everything Columbia View Park. Neighbors pitch-in to help City care for the park. Info here!
Columbia View Park.
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Gresham parks languish
as funds dry up.

Neighbors pitch-in to care for Columbia View Park.

Gresham $32 million behind in park maintenance

Because of lack of funds the City's Parks Department has only been able to mow the perimeter of Columbia View Park (See 'Related Content' below. Editor). Columbia View Park is located at NE 169th & NE Pacific Dr. Get Map!

Neighbors pitch-in

Neighbors who frequent the park have been picking up litter, mowing areas the City isn't, mulching around new trees, hauling debris to disposal stations and watering young trees that have been planted in the last couple of years. A big THANK YOU to these many volunteers.

How you can help

Some ivy is beginning to appear under the tree canopy areas and this needs to be removed before it spreads to the trees. This is something anyone can do anytime on their own. It is a good project to take your children to the park, teach them to identify ivy and remove it. This activity can be as simple as taking one grocery bag, filling it with ivy, taking it home and disposing of it.

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