Parks & Recreation

Dusk Bird Walk Linnemann Station: Jun 3, 2012 7PM-9PM

06/03/2012 - 7:00pm
06/03/2012 - 9:00pm
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Dusk Bird Walk Linnemann Station: Jun 3, 2012 7PM-9PM. Join Portland Audubon and City of Gresham naturalists for a walk along the newest section of the Gresham-Fairview Trail. Info here!

When: Sunday Jun 3, 2012 7-9PM
Where: Linnemann Station
Springwater Corridor Trailhead
18200 W Powell Loop
Gresham OR
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You're Invited
Join Portland Audubon and City of Gresham naturalists for a walk along the newest section of the Gresham-Fairview Trail between Division and Powell. This nighttime walk will focus on the American bitterns that breed in the large wetland just off the trail, as well as some owl calling and identification. Dozens of other songbirds and waterfowl are likely to be seen. Meet at Linnemann Station on the Springwater Trail.

No registration required.

More Info
Contact Laura Guderyahn, 503-618-2246 or Laura.Guderyahn@GreshamOregon.gov

Nadaka Nature Park and Garden Project gets a boost with Metro funding award

Nadaka Nature Park & Garden Project gets a boost. Regional Funding improves access to West Gresham nature park and supports community garden. Info here!

Friday May 18, 2012
For Immediate Release

Regional funding improves access to West Gresham nature park and supports community garden

On May 17th the Metro Council awarded $238,000 in capital funding to the Nadaka Nature Park and Garden Project, building momentum to this community-driven garden and nature park project in West Gresham. The competitive Metro grant award comes from capital bond funds approved by voters as part of the 2006 Regional Natural Areas Bond Measure and will support new park features like a nature based-play area, rain garden, community garden and more. The new funding adds to over $150,000 in existing financial support from East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District, Meyer Memorial Trust and the City of Gresham.

$1.5 million Children's Fountain to be Funded With HUD Section 108 Loan, Public Comments Due April 3, 2012

04/03/2012 - 6:00pm
04/03/2012 - 8:00pm
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City of Gresham $1.5 million Children's Fountain to be Funded With HUD Section 108 Loan, Public Comments Due By 4:30PM April 3, 2012. Council hearing at 6PM. Info Here!

Do We Really Need This Fountain?

When: Tue Apr 3, 2012 6:00PM
Where: Gresham City Hall
Council Chambers
1333 NE Eastman Pky
Gresham, OR
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$1.5 million Children's Fountain Loan Application
A couple of weeks ago, the City of Gresham posted an obscure 24-page document titled "Five Year FY 2011-2016 Consolidated Plan Amendment / Amendment to the One Year Action Plan 2011-2012" on the City's "Children's Fountain" webpage (http://greshamoregon.gov/city/) by following the Read More link. The key part of this lengthy HUD (US Department of Housing and Urban Development) application document is on the back page, where it says that the City "intends to utilize HUD Section 108 Loan Guarantee assistance to create a Section 108 Loan Pool" and that the City "intends to apply for a Section 108 Guaranteed Loan in 2011-2012 to develop a Children's Fountain in Gresham's downtown......for $1.5 million to aid in the elimiation of slum and blight in downtown Gresham."

It turns out that the City intends to pay back the loan ($110,000/yr. for 20 yrs.) from it's annual Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds (currently $900,000) from HUD. These CDBG funds typically pay for things like affordable housing and public improvements in qualified neighborhoods.

At a recent Community Development & Housing Subcommittee meeting committee members questioned:

  • why the City was building a fountain at this time,
  • whether the fountain would really bring more shoppers to downtown,
  • how downtown qualified for a Section 108 loan,
  • why the fountain costs $1.5 million,
  • what would happen if HUD again cut the City's CDBG funds & the City couldn't repay the loan with them,
  • what the annual maintenance costs for the fountain (not part of grant) would be.

You'll find the City's 2-page Children's Fountain project flyer here. You can find a 5-page Case Studies of other such fountains (Jamison Square-Portland, Lake Oswego, Beaverton and Maryland) compiled by City staff here. We encourage neighbors to take a few moments to review these documents. Written public comment due no later than 4:30pm Tuesday, April 3, 2012.

(Click 'Read More' link below for more details and project concerns.)

Zimmerman Heritage Farm Tours Aug 6, 2011 10AM-3PM

08/06/2011 - 10:00am
08/06/2011 - 3:00pm
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Zimmerman Heritage Farm. A delightful Victorian era farmhouse built in 1874. A lasting vestige of East Multnomah County's agricultural roots. Gresham OR. Fairview-Rockwood-Wilkes Historical Society. Info here!
Zimmerman House, Gresham OR

Every Saturday through August

When: Sat Aug 6, 2011 10AM-3PM
Where: Zimmerman Park
17111 NE Sandy Blvd
Gresham, OR
Get Map!

A lasting vestige of East Multnomah County's agricultural roots

A delightful 1874 Victorian farmhouse
Take a step back into history at the Zimmerman House, a Victorian era farmhouse, built in 1874 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. This beautiful farmhouse is a perfect reflection of typical Columbia River dairy farm life in the late 1800s. The Zimmerman Heritage Farm is a unique cultural education and recreational resource that is being created for the benefit of the public on a 5.98-acre historic site in Gresham, Oregon.

Open house and tours every Saturday through August 10AM-3PM

Nadaka Nature Park and Garden Project, Petition of Community Support, Sign Here

Sign Petition Here! Nadaka Nature Park and Garden Project, Petition of Community Support. Show your support to seek grant funding to implement the Nelson Neighborhood Park master plan. When complete the park will include community gardens, an orchard, picnic tables, a nature-based play area, and a walking loop that will connect to Nadaka Nature Park. Info here!
Nelson Park, Gresham OR

Nadaka Nature Park, Garden Project
Petition of Community Support

Show your support to seek grant funding to implement the Nelson Neighborhood Park master plan. When fully implemented the park will include community gardens, an orchard, picnic tables, a nature-based play area, and a walking loop that will connect it to Nadaka Nature Park.

Sign the petition (below)

In 2009 Wilkes East Neighborhood Association and Friends of Nadaka successfully obtained a Metro Nature in Neighborhoods Capital Grant, a grant from the East Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District and a donation from the Nelson Family Trust to purchase the 2.0 arce "Nelson Property" for use as a neighborhood park. This additional land, with its tall trees and open grassy area is now part of Nadaka Nature Park.

Neighbors gather at Nadaka Community Festival June 18th to celebrate the Nelson addition to Nadaka Nature Park

Rain didn't dampen spirits as as hundreds of neighbors gathered Saturday June 18th for the Nadaka Community Festival to celebrate the Nelson Property addition to Nadaka Nature Park in Gresham Oregon
Neighbors celebrate the Nelson addition
to Nadaka Nature Park. Click to enlarge

Rain didn't dampen the spirits of community festival guests

Celebrating the Nelson addition
On June 18th, 2011, the Wilkes East Neighborhood held a community festival at Nadaka Nature Park to celebrate the Nelson property addition which was purchased with local grants.

The new addition which added 2 acres to this wonderful nature park has allowed the opening of the south gate -- improving accessibility to all of our neighbors and visitors as well as making room for the master plan that will include community gardens and more.

Rain is our sunshine
June 18th was a very wet cloudy day, typical of Oregon spring weather. Despite the rain, 58 volunteers with SOLV arrived at 9AM at Nadaka Nature Park for a park clean-up event. Participants removed invasive plant species as well as trash and debris. Volunteers came from HB LEE Middle school, SUN Community Schools as well as GGAPP Peer group and Catholic Charities.

The festival started at 12 noon and lasted until 3PM. Constant rain didn't dampen the spirits of the several hundred guests that attended the festival.

Neighborhood Connections: Oct 2010


City of Gresham: Neighborhood Connections October 2010

City of Gresham News,
Community Activities,
Workshops & More

Neighborhood Connections is a publication from the City of Gresham Communications & Community Outreach offering City of Gresham news, Public Safety information, Community Activities & Events, Training & Workshops, Volunteer Opportunities, and more.

Inside this Issue

Keep up with what’s Happening in your City!

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Gresham Neighborhoods listing

For more information, visit the Neighborhood Associations page at GreshamOregon.gov or contact Cathy Harrington at 503-618-2482, or email Cathy.Harrington@GreshamOregon.gov.

De La Salle students join-in 2010 SOLV "Beach and Riverside Cleanup" at Nadaka Nature Park

De La Salle students join 2010 SOLV
De La Salle students at the
2010 SOLV event, Nadaka Park
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A beautiful Autumn day for the 2010 SOLV "Beach and Riverside Cleanup" at Nadaka Nature Park

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!
Click here for a list of Metro Nature in Neighborhoods capital grants projects.

2010 SOLV "Beach and Riverside Cleanup" Event

De La Salle students lend a hand

On Saturday, September 25th the Wilkes East Neighborhood Association held a cleanup with SOLV at Nadaka Nature Park. There were 24 people who participated in the cleanup including a group from De La Salle North Catholic High School (pictured by the sign). We had a total of 66 3/4 volunteer hours to use as a match for our Metro Nature in Neighborhood grant.

The primary focus of the cleanup was to remove the invasive blackberry and ivy from the park.

Jazzy Bagel donated delicious bagels and Starbucks (181st & Glisan) donated coffee for the volunteers. SOLV also provided great cloth tote bags for everyone who volunteered.

De La Salle students join 2010 SOLV
Volunteers register for 2010 SOLV
event at Nadaka Nature Park
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Next cleanup:
Sunday, October 10th 9AM-2PM. Hope to see you there!

See website calendar for more Nadaka Nature Park events and activities!

Nadaka Nature Park Vegetation Management Plan nears completion

Nadaka Nature Park Vegetation Management Plan, Laminated Root Rot disease discovered. Info here!
Nadaka Nature Park
Click to enlarge

Nadaka Nature Park
Vegetation Management Plan nears completion, disease threatens firs

Protecting a Natual Resource

In 2009 Wilkes East Neighborhood Association (WENA) applied for and received a Metro Parks & Greenspaces Nature in Neighborhoods Capital Grant and a grant from the East Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District (EMSWCD) to be used towards the purchase of the adjacent 2-acre Nelson Property for use as a public park. Both Metro and EMSWCD had requirements for the master planning of the Nelson property one of which was to do a vegetation management plan.

At the WENA annual meeting in August 2010, Ric Catron, City of Gresham Parks Planner provided information about this Plan for Nadaka Nature Park. Its purpose is a balance of protection of natural areas and future park development, restoration of the site and creating diversity for native wildlife and providing passive recreation.

News from Nadaka Nature Park: Audubon reintroduces owls, pet station added and other happenings

Nadaka Nature Park News. Audubon Society of Portland releases two juvenile Western Screech Owls Sep 8, 2010, Dogipot Waste Station installed, SOLV volunteers pitch-in, and more. Info here!
Western Screech Owl
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News from Nadaka Nature Park

Western Screech Owls reintroduced, Dogipot® added, SOLV volunteers pitch-in, and much more!

Back to the Wild

On September 8, 2010 the Audubon Society of Portland released two juvenile Western Screech Owls at the meadow in Nadaka Nature Park. About a dozen people from the neighborhood watched as the two owls took flight. Both owls came into the Portland Audubon’s Wildlife Care Center as fledglings. Unfortunately they had signs of head injury, probably from being hit by cars while learning to fly. After recovering from the initial injuries, the owls were in a flight cage building up strength and learning to hunt. The Audubon Society decided they were ready to be wild once more and agreed to do the release in Nadaka.

Recycle Your Plastic Bags Here

A Dogipot® has been installed near the north entrance to Nadaka Nature Park which contains litter bags to be used for dog waste. This was provided with grant funds from the Metro Nature in Neighborhoods grant. If you are looking for a place to recycle your plastic garbage bags you could take a few and put them in the Dogipot® for others on your next walk thru the park. This will save considerable money purchasing the litter bags.

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