Parks & Recreation

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.

Enjoy Autumn's Beauty at Zimmerman Heritage Farm: Oct 17, 2009 10AM-3PM

10/17/2009 - 10:00am
10/17/2009 - 3:00pm
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Zimmerman Heritage Farm. A delightful Victorian era farmhouse built in 1874. Gresham OR. Fairview-Rockwood-Wilkes Historical Society.  Click here!
Zimmerman House 1874

Tours & Open House

Zimmerman Heritage Farm
Sat Oct 17th 10AM - 3PM

When: Saturday Oct 17, 2009 10AM- 3PM
Where: Zimmerman Park
17111 NE Sandy Blvd
Gresham OR
Get Map!

A delightful 1874 Victorian farmhouse

Take a step back into history at the Zimmermann 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 are available every third Saturday. Don't miss this unique opportunity to step back in time!

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!

Quiz?

  • 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?

Answers

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.

SOLV Nadaka Nature Park "Clean & Green" Project: Oct 10, 2009 9AM

10/10/2009 - 9:00am
10/10/2009 - 2:30pm
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Friends of Nadaka, and Wilkes East Neighborhood invite you the 2009 SOLV Nadaka Nature Park
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Get your Green on!

Join us for Invasives removal at Nadaka Nature Park

SOLV Nadaka Nature Park Cleanup Project: Oct 10, 2009 9AM-2:30PM. Info here!
solv.org

Help restore our urban habitat

When: Saturday, Oct 10, 2009 9AM-2:30PM
Where: Nadaka Nature Park
NE 175th Ave & NE Pacific St
Gresham, Or
Get Map!

Volunteers will meet at the entry gate into Nadaka Nature Park.

Event 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 such as ivy, holly & blackberries Saturday, October 10th,

This is a SOLV Clean & Green Project. Rain or shine! Come by and give us a hand. Spend all day or whatever time you can. Bring your own gloves if you have them.

Refreshments will be provided by Wilkes East Neighborhood Association. Cloth tote bags given to volunteers and a raffle for an original framed photograph of Nadaka.

Zimmerman House tours: Sep 19, 2009 10AM-3PM

09/19/2009 - 10:00am
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Zimmerman Heritage Farm. A delightful Victorian era farmhouse built in 1874. Gresham OR. Fairview-Rockwood-Wilkes Historical Society.  Click here!
Zimmerman House 1874

Enjoy an afternoon on the farm!

Zimmerman Heritage Farm
Open House 10AM - 3PM

When: Saturday Sep 19, 2009 10:00AM - 3:00PM
Where: Zimmerman Park
17111 NE Sandy Blvd
Gresham OR
Get Map!

A delightful 1874 Victorian farmhouse

Take a step back into history at the Zimmermann 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 are available every third Saturday. Don't miss this unique opportunity to step back in time!

Volunteer opportunity. Invasives removal at Nadaka Nature Park: Sep 6, 2009 9AM

09/06/2009 - 9:00am
09/06/2009 - 2:30pm
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Friends of Nadaka invite you to Get Your Green On! Help Remove Invasives, Restore Urban Habitat.  Click here for more info!

Get your Green on!
Help restore our urban habitat.

Join us for Invasives removal at Nadaka Nature Park

When: Sunday Sep 06, 2009 9:00AM - 2:30PM
Where: Nadaka Nature Park
NE 175th Ave and NE Pacific St
Gresham, OR
Get Map!

Event 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.

Rain or Shine! Come on by, and give us a hand! Spend all day, or whatever time you can. Dressed for weather. Bring your gloves, waterbottle, clippers, and yard tools.

Coffee, juice, water & refreshments provided by Wilkes East Neighborhood Assn.

Join-in the Springwater Cycle Stroll Fundraiser, raise money for watershed restoration: Sep 1-30, 2009

09/01/2009 - 12:00pm
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Join-in the Springwater Cycle Stroll Fundraiser, raise money for watershed restoration: Sep 1-30, 2009. Info here!

Bike, walk, run, jog, or skateboard
along the Springwater Trail

Help raise money for watershed restoration!

When: September 1-30, 2009
Where: Along the Springwater Corridor Trail
Get Map!

During the month of September the Johnson Creek Watershed Council is hosting the Springwater Cycle Stroll, a benefit event where particpants raise money for the miles they travel on the Springwater Trail throughout the month. Participants ride their bikes, walk, run, jog or skateboard along the Springwater Corridor Trail, logging their miles and collecting pledges from family and friends. Participants log miles at any time during the month, and at their own pace. Pledges can be per-mile or a flat donation. There will be friendly competition along the way with prizes for most miles biked, most miles run, most miles walked, and most money raised. The donations raised through this event will support the Council's restoration, education and outreach programs.

The Springwater Corridor Trail parallels Johnson Creek for much of its length. This event is also an opportunity to feature some of metropolitan Portland's history and little-known natural treasures along the creek.

Join the Springwater Cycle Stroll and raise money for watershed restoration and protection while enjoying the Springwater Trail along Johnson Creek! Register now at www.jcwc.org or by calling (503) 652-7477.

Volunteers remove invasives, install new signs at July 2009 Nadaka Nature Park cleanup event

Volunteers remove invasives, install new signs at 2009 Nadaka Nature Park cleanup event sponsored by Friends of Nadaka and the Wilkes East Neighborhood Association, Gresham Oregon
Nadaka Nature Park

Great things are happening!

"Nadaka Nature Park" sign
and a new nature-based play area enhance the park

Volunteers remove invasives, create new play area

Approximately 25 hearty volunteers showed-up to the July 11th cleanup to help restore Nadaka Nature Park's urban habitat. Volunteers removed and disposed of wood waste, including invasive ivy, blackberries and holly, filling a 40 cubic yard drop box provided by the Wilkes East Neighborhood Association to capacity. Volunteers pitched-in to create a small nature based play area at the south edge of the park beside the meadow (photos below).

Nadaka gets a "sign"

Volunteers also installed a beautiful new "Nadaka Nature Park" sign at the entrance to park, and added "Friends of Nadaka" and "Wilkes East Neighborhood Association" to the list of groups contributing to park improvements on the Park Supporter's sign post (photos below). The signs, purchased by WENA through a generous grant from the City of Gresham, are a great addition to our wonderful park.

Zimmerman House tours: Aug 15, 2009 10AM-3PM

08/15/2009 - 10:00am
08/15/2009 - 3:00pm
Etc/GMT-8
Zimmerman Heritage Farm. A delightful Victorian era farmhouse built in 1874. Gresham OR. Fairview-Rockwood-Wilkes Historical Society.  Click here!
Zimmerman House 1874

Experience Summer
down on the farm!

Zimmerman Heritage Farm
Open House 10AM - 3PM

When: Saturday Aug 15, 2009 10:00AM - 3:00PM
Where: Zimmerman Park
17111 NE Sandy Blvd
Gresham OR
Get Map!

A delightful 1874 Victorian farmhouse

Take a step back into history at the Zimmermann 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 are available every third Saturday. Don't miss this unique opportunity to step back in time!

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