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Download the Wilkes East Neighborhood Spring 2020 Newsletter here!

Download the Wilkes East Neighborhood Spring 2020 Newsletter here! Wilkes East Neighborhood, Gresham Oregon USA. Diversity, Harmony, Community- Together 'WE' can make a difference.

2020 Spring Newsletter

"Diversity, Harmony, Community -
Together 'WE' can make a difference!”


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Spring 2020 Newsletter

Inside This Issue:

  • Pining for a Parks District
  • Albertina Kerr Housing Update
  • Wilkes East Land-Use Update
  • Glisan Street Lane Reduction

Download your copy here. (includes active web links)

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 3 times per year, timed to correspond with our regular meetings.

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Nadaka Nature Park future uncertain; community members call for dedicated recreation funding

Nadaka Nature Park won't have much of a reason to celebrate the new year.

Nadaka Nature Park future uncertain; community members call for dedicated recreation funding. Lee Dayfield said a parks district funding mechanism is the best option for maintaining Nadaka Nature Park, which lost its fiscal agent and programming at the end of 2019. Info here!
PMG PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER KEIZUR - Lee Dayfield said a parks district funding mechanism is the best option for maintaining Nadaka Nature Park, which lost its fiscal agent and programming at the end of 2019. Click to enlarge

By Christopher Keizur
Source: Gresham Outlook (Oct 18, 2019)

The beautiful green space in the heart of the Wilkes East Neighborhood will be empty after losing its fiscal agent — transforming what was once thought of as the model for future parks in Gresham into just another open area. Despite the work that has been poured into the park, residents will have less of a reason to visit than ever before.

"It almost makes me cry to walk through here and know all those kids won't be coming here to be educated," said Lee Dayfield. "This park was their backyard, playground and forest."

There is no better person to talk to about Nadaka Nature Park than Dayfield. She spearheaded the charge to transform her dream park into a reality. She overcame red tape and bureaucracy, founding Friends of Nadaka to help secure grants and other funding.

The Columbia Slough Watershed Council, a Portland-based organization, had supported the Gresham park since its inception. But with some changes to the board and executive director, the group has decided to focus on other projects.

The backing for Nadaka will end when the money runs dry, which is estimated to happen in January 2020. That means no more activities — from community cleanups to educational gatherings for local schoolchildren — that made the park so special.

"They were so strong and supportive of us for seven years," Dayfield said. "People will notice a big difference."

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Volunteer! Friends of Trees, Nadaka Nature Park Work Party: Sat Nov 23, 2019 9AM-1PM

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Volunteer! Friends of Trees, Nadaka Nature Park Work Party: Sat Nov 23, 2019 9AM-1PM. Gloves, tools and refreshment provided. 176th & NE Glisan, Gresham. Info here!

Volunteers Needed!

When: Sat Nov 23, 2019 9AM-1PM
Where: Nadaka Nature Park & Gardens
(Meet at Picnic Shelter)
17615 NE Glisan St
Gresham Or 97230
Get Map!

Join Your Neighbors!
We are teaming up with Friends of Trees to so some major habitat restoration work at Nadaka!

We need help removing invasive weeds and planting hundreds of young native trees and shrubs throughout the park. Please arrive by 8:45am to sign-in and enjoy some breakfast treats and coffee, tea, or hot chocolate.

We provide gloves, tools, and planting guidance. Please dress for the weather!

See ya there!

Volunteers Needed. Nadaka Nature Park, SOLVE Clean-Up: Sat Sep 21, 2019 9AM-12PM

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Volunteers Needed. Nadaka Nature Park, SOLVE Clean-Up: Sat Sep 21, 2019 9AM-12PM. Tools, gloves, coffee, and snacks will be provided. Sign-up here!

Come Lend A Hand!

When: Sat Sep 21, 2019 9AM-12PM
Where: Nadaka Nature Park & Garden
(Meet at picnic shelter)
17615 NE Glisan St
Portland OR
Get Map!

Join Friends of Nadaka, SOLVE, and your neighbors in restoring a healthy habitat at Nadaka! We will be picking up litter and removing invasive plants. Tools, gloves, coffee, and snacks will be provided.

Register online at HERE!

More Info
Contact 503-956-8558 or email info@friendsofnadaka.org

Join Friend of Nadaka for Monica McAllister's Send-Off Party: Fri Feb 22, 2019 5PM-7PM

02/22/2019 - 5:00pm
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Great Job Monica!

When: Fri Feb 22, 2019 5PM-7PM
Where: St Aidan's Episcopal Church
17405 NE Glisan
Get Map!

Help us Say Thank You!
Friend of Nadaka's incredible Park Coordinator, Monica McAllister, recently left her position at Nadaka to begin a new adventure as the Community Connectons Liaison with East Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District. Join us in thanking her for her years of service at Nadaka Nature Park and the surrounding communities by sending her off in style with an evening of food, friends, and fun!

Everyone is welcome! Stop by and say goodbye to Monica and wish her well.

RSVP to info@griendsofnadaka.org

Become a Nadaka Nature Park Ambassador, Informational Meeting: Mon Jun 29, 2015 6PM

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Become a Nadaka Nature Park Ambassador, Informational Meeting: Mon Jun 29, 2015 6PM, St Aidans Espicopal Chruch 174th & NE Glisan, Gresham OR. Info here!

About Nadaka Nature Park
Nadaka Nature Park is a designated 12-acre natural area with a .5 mile walking loop, tall trees, native plants, grassy meadow plus a Community Garden and Nature Based Play area. Visit Nadaka Nature Park, 176th & NE Glisan St, Gresham OR

More Info
Contact Monica McAllister, Naddaka Nature Park Coordinator, 503-956-8558 or email monica@friendsofnadaka.org. Visit friendsofnadaka.org.

Wilkes East Neighborhood, Summer General Meeting: Mon Aug 25, 2014 7PM-9PM

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Wilkes East Neighborhood Summer Meeting, Mon Aug 25, 2014 7PM. Everyone's invited! Join your Neighbors. Get involved. Make a difference! St Aidan's Episcopol Church, 174th & NE Glisan. Info here!

Neighborhood Meeting, Everyone's Invited

Join Your Neighbors. Get involved. Make a difference!

Save the date
Be sure to save Monday, August 25th at 7:00 PM for the Wilkes East Neighborhood Summer General Meeting. The meeting will be held at St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church, 17405 NE Glisan St, Portland, Oregon. Get map!

Topics & Guests
Highlights will include: Gresham Emergency Plan; City of Gresham Transportation; Powell-Division Transit Project; Squatters; and neighborhood news

Who should attend?
This meeting is open to all residents and businesses in the Wilkes East Neighborhood!

Be Part Of Your Community. Plan To Attend.

Arbor Day: Hogan Cedar Planting and Interpretive Panel Ceremony: Apr 26, 2013 10AM

04/26/2013 - 10:00am
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Hogan Cedars; Only in Gresham. Gresham is the only place where the Hogan cedar grows naturally, along Hogan Road along Johnson Creek.
Gresham's Hogan Cedar
Click for details

Join us as we plant
108 Hogan Cedars!

When: Fri Apr 26, 2013 10-11AM
Where: Gresham Saddle Butte
Gresham Saddle Butte Trailhead
SW 19th Drive
Gresham, OR
Get Map!

Join the City of Gresham, the Urban Forestry Subcommittee and volunteers from the youth conservation corp. at Mt. Hood Community College in celebrating the City’s official City Tree and 108-year history as a City by planting 108 Hogan Cedars at the Gresham Saddle Butte Trail at 10:00 a.m. and unveiling a new interpretive panel.

Nadaka Nature Park & Garden Project Committee meeting: May 3, 2012 9AM-11AM

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Friends of Nadaka, Nadaka Nature Park & Garden Project Committee meeting: May 3,012 9AM-11AM. This group and community partners are working to secure funding to develop the approved Nelson Master Plan and unify this area with Nadaka Nature Park, Gresham Oregon. Info  here!
Nelson Master Plan. Click to Enlarge

Garden Project Committee

When: Thu May 3, 2012 9AM-11AM
Where: St Aidan's Episcopal Church
17405 NE Glisan St
Portland, OR
Get Map!

Meeting Notice
Friends of Nadaka Nelson property working group will meet May 3, 2012 9AM-11AM at St Aidan's Episcopal Church, 174th & NE Glisan. Public welcome to attend.

Friends of Nadaka and it's community partners are working to secure funding to develop the approved Nelson Master Plan which includes a community garden area, orchard, rain garden, berry patches, naturescaping and more. When complete, the Nelson properry will join Nadaka Nature Park (adjacent directly north) as a unified neighborhood park.

Get Your Green On! Volunteers Needed, Nadaka Nature Park Clean-up: May 6, 2012 9:30AM-1PM

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Friends of Nadaka invites you to 'Get A Little Dirty'! Help us remove invasives and restore this unique urban habitat.  Clean-up schedule and info here!
Nadaka Nature Park, Gresham OR

Spring Clean-Up Event

Volunteer opportunity

When: Sun, May 6, 2012 9:30AM-1PM
Where: Nadaka Nature Park
175th & NE Pacific St
Gresham OR
Get Map!

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!

Clean-up info
Be prepared to get a little dirty and to have fun by supporting and volunteering with Friends of Nadaka and Wilkes East Neighborhood Association in their efforts to restore this natural area by removing invasive underbrush and ivy from Nadaka Nature Park, part of the Columbia Slough Watershed.

Rain or Shine! Come dressed for weather and help improve Nadaka Nature Park. Bring working gloves & a water bottle if you have them. Volunteer as long as you can. Coffee, juice, water & refreshments provided by Wilkes East Neighborhood.

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