City of Gresham

Now, more than ever, wisely enjoy and invest in Gresham's parks

Metro-approved parks funding should not be used as an excuse by the city of Gresham to reduce parks funding. Info here!
Lee Dayfield

Lee Dayfield says Metro-approved parks funding should not be used as an excuse by the city of Gresham to reduce parks funding.

Meanwhile, stay-at-home orders ask that you only venture out for essential needs. Notably, access to public parks for exercise and fresh air while still practicing social distancing is among those allowed needs, and for good reasons.

Source: Pamplin Media Group
Thursday, April 16, 2020

If you have been out and about in our local parks and trails this past week you might have noticed how many of your neighbors are doing the same. It is not just the improving weather.

The pandemic has put a renewed premium on proximity to parks and nature. For those of us fortunate enough to have high quality public greenspace nearby, the value is especially self-evident. But long before this pandemic, research has demonstrated what people know intuitively: access to parks and nature is no simple frill or amenity, but an essential determinant of individual and community health.

Unfortunately, Gresham's City budget has made parks a low priority in recent years. Park investments made by Gresham voters a generation ago have not kept pace. To be sure, our community has many volunteers and private donors who make some parks shine.

Friends of Nadaka and the Gresham Japanese Garden are effectively harnessing volunteers and private donations; Ricki Ruiz continues to secure grants to develop futsal courts; and North Gresham Neighborhood Association is poised to build a playground at Kirk Park funded primarily through private donations.

However significant, these isolated projects belie systemic divestment. In recent years, fewer and fewer general fund dollars have gone to parks and recreation. Gresham's almost non-existent recreation programming leaves vital services to underfunded nonprofit organization like Gresham-based Play Grow Learn, which mentors at-risk adolescents using nature-play, urban gardening and athletics in our parks. Relying on nonprofits, grants, private donations, and the generosity of volunteers is not a sustainable path to a vibrant thriving parks and recreation system that bolsters our health and prosperity.

We can do a lot better.
Today, as the fourth largest city in Oregon, Gresham has the lowest per-capita investment in local parks and recreation in the Metro region.

In a hopeful turn, the majority of Gresham voters passed Metro's regional parks and nature funding measure in November 2019. The measure will infuse some additional capital funds into Gresham's local parks system. Public officials should not use that as an excuse to backfill further cuts to parks. Now is the time to launch a parks feasibility study of new local investment options and to give the community greater voice and vote in decisions with innovative tools like participatory budgeting.

As federal stimulus funds become available, Gresham would be wise to creatively invest in the city's backlog in park stewardship and deficient parks programming while putting people to work. The Nadaka Ambassador Program, which employs Rockwood residents to steward the park and garden, is a great model.

In these difficult and uneasy times, we must not lose sight of the value of stewarding our parks and nature which, now more than ever, are helping keep us healthy and connected.

Lee Dayfield is a parks advocate. In 2009, Friends of Nadaka, with Dayfield at the helm, organized the purchase and development of Nadaka Nature Park.

City of Gresham Coalition of Gresham Neighborhood Associations Mar 2020 Meeting: Tue, Mar 10, 2020 7PM-9PM

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City of Gresham Coalition of Gresham Neighborhood Associations Mar 2020 Meeting: Tue, Mar 10, 2020 7PM-9PM. Public Welcome. Get Involved!. Info here!

Public Welcome. Get Involved!

When: Tue, Mar 10, 2020 7PM-9PM
Where: Gresham City Hall
Oregon Trail Rm
1333 NW Eastman Pky
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For more information about the Coalition of Gresham Neighborhood Associations, contact Carol Rulla, Coalition President, at 503-663-1466 or crullaor@gmail.com.

City of Gresham Policy Development Meetings: Tue, Mar 10, 2020 3PM-5PM

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City of Gresham Policy Development Meetings: Tue, Mar 10, 2020 3PM-5PM. . Info here!

Be Engaged. Please Attend

When: Tue, Mar 10, 2020 3PM-5PM
Where: Gresham City Hall Conference Center
1333 NW Eastman Pky
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Policy Development meetings are informal sessions to review programs, receive progress reports on programs or projects, or to receive other information from staff. The Council periodically holds policy development meetings jointly with citizen advisory committees to discuss policy issues.

For more information contact the City Recorder's Office at 503-618-2697.

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City of Gresham Historic Resources Subcommittee Meeting: Wed, Mar 11, 2020 6PM-8:00PM

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City of Gresham Historic Resources Subcommittee Meeting: Wed, Mar 11, 2020 6PM-9:00PM. Info here!

Be Engaged. Please Attend

When: Wed, Mar 11, 2020 6PM-8:00PM
Where: Gresham City Hall
Conference Rm 1A
1333 NW Eastman Pky
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The Historic Resources Subcommittee maintains an inventory of historic landmarks in Gresham, reviews and recommends a decision on proposed actions to alter or demolish structures on the adopted inventory, and participates in special projects and events that increase public awareness or provide education on historic preservation.

For more information about this event, contact Mary Phillips, Senior City Planner at 503-618-2610 or Mary.Phillips@GreshamOregon.gov.

CANCELED. City of Gresham Passport Day 2020: Sat, Mar 14, 2020 9AM-2PM

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City of Gresham Passport Day 2020: Sat, Mar 14, 2020 9AM-2PM. Info here!

Apply For A Passport

When: Sat, Mar 14, 2020 9AM-2PM CANCELED
Where: Gresham City Hall
1333 NW Eastman Pky
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Planning a trip abroad? Take the first step and apply for or renew your U.S. passport.

The City is offering an opportunity on Saturday, March 14, from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm at Gresham City Hall.

Be sure you bring all required documents and checks or money orders with you. Visit GreshamOregon.gov/Passports for detailed information on requirements and fees.

For additional information, contact us at 503-618-2460.

CANCELED. Sunday Futsal 2020: Sun, Mar 15, 2020 5PM-7PM

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Sunday Futsal 2020: Sun, Mar 15, 2020 5PM-7PM. Let's Play Futsal! Info here!

Let's Play Futsal!

When: Sun, Mar 15, 2020 5PM-7PM CANCELED
Where: Friends of the Children Gym
424 NE 172nd Ave.
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Indoor Sunday Futsal youth recreation is open to all students in grades 6-12 on Sunday from 5:00-7:00 pm at the Friends of the Children gym.

  • Free
  • Open to boys and girls in grades 6-12
  • Learn new skills, make new friends, play futsal
  • Participants must bring a signed waiver to play
  • Adult supervision and mentorship provided by Active Children Portland volunteers

For more information, email Ricki Ruiz at Ricardo.Ruiz@GreshamOregon.gov or call 503-583-0771.

Futsal flier and waiver

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CANCELED. City of Gresham Urban Forestry Subcommittee Meeting: Mon, Mar 16, 2020 4:30PM-6:30PM

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City of Gresham Urban Forestry Subcommittee Meeting: Mon, Mar 16, 2020 4:30PM-6:30PM. Get involved, Make a difference. Info here!

Get involved, Make a difference

When: Mon, Mar 16, 2020 4:30PM-6:30PM CANCELED
Where: Gresham City Hall
Springwater Trail Conference Rm
1333 NW Eastman Pky
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The Urban Forestry Subcommittee advises the City Council and staff about tree preservation, tree species, and for the City's street tree list and trees to be designated to the City's significant tree list.

For more information about this event, contact Tina Osterink, Natural Resources Planner at 503-618-2392 or Tina.Osterink@GreshamOregon.gov.

CANCELED. City of Gresham Planning Commission Meeting: Mon, Mar 16, 2020 6:30PM-8:30PM

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City of Gresham Planning Commission Meeting: Mon, Mar 16, 2020 6:30PM-8:30PM. Get involved, Make a difference. Info here!

Get involved, Make a difference

When: Mon, Mar 16, 2020 6:30PM- CANCELED
Where: Gresham City Hall
Council Chambers
1333 NW Eastman Pky
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The Planning Commission advises City Council on long-range, comprehensive planning and land use issues within the city.

For more information about this event contact Amanda Lunsford, Administrative Analyst at 503-618-2235 or Amanda.Lunsford@GreshamOregon.gov.

CANCELED. City of Gresham City Council Business Meetings 2020: Tue, Mar 17, 2020 3PM-5PM

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City of Gresham City Council Business Meetings 2020: Tue, Mar 17, 2020 3PM-5PM. . Info here!

Be Engaged. Please Attend

When: Tue, Mar 17, 2020 3PM-5PM CANCELED
Where: Council Chambers
1333 NW Eastman Pky
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Regular Council meetings allow necessary City business to be dealt with, such as citizen recognition, citizen advisory committee reports, bid awards, resolutions, ordinances, public hearings, etc. Regular Council meetings are streamed live on the City's website at GreshamOregon.gov/Videos.

For more information contact the City Recorder at 503-618-2697.

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CANCELED. Gresham Redevelopment Commission Mar 17, 2020 Meeting: Tue, Mar 17, 2020 4PM-6PM

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Gresham Redevelopment Commission Mar 17, 2020 Meeting: Tue, Mar 17, 2020 4PM-6PM. Get involved, Make a difference. Info here!

Get involved, Make a difference

When: Tue, Mar 17, 2020 4PM-6PM CANCELED
Where: Gresham City Hall
Council Chambers
1331 NW Eastman Pky
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The Gresham Redevelopment Commission (GRDC) meets as needed on the third Tuesday of the month immediately following adjournment of the 3:00 pm Gresham City Council meeting.

Meeting start time varies.

GRDC meetings allow necessary Rockwood-West Gresham Urban Renewal business to be dealt with, such as approval of projects, budget adoption, committee appointments, public hearings, resolutions, etc.

For more information, please contact Cecille Turley, Urban Renewal Program Technician, at 503-618-2545 or Cecille.Turley@GreshamOregon.gov.

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