Parks & Recreation

2018 Portland area Holiday Activity Guide. Fun for the entire family! Storybooklane, Train rides, Christmas ships, Colorful lights, 300 Tuba Concert on the Square and much more. Info here!

Free! 6th-8th Grade Volleyball Clinic: Dec 15-Jan 03

12/15/2008 - 2:30pm
12/15/2008 - 5:00pm
Free! 6th-8th Grade Volleyball Clinic: Dec 15 - Jan 03 2009


6th-8th Grade Volleyball Camps:
Roseway Heights, Dec 15-19
Mt Scott Dec, 20-Jan 03

Portland Parks & Recreation and People for Parks Oregon would like to invite you to attend their FREE Volleyball Winter Clinics. Clinics are open to all 6th thru 8th grade students!

Roseway Heights Elmentary

Location: 7334 NE Siskiyou St, Portland OR
(Near NE 82nd Ave and NE Siskiyou St)

  • Dec 15, 2:30PM - 5:00PM
  • Dec 17, 2:30PM - 5:00PM
  • Dec 19, 2:30PM - 5:00PM

Mt Scott Community Center

Location: 5530 SE 72nd Ave, Portland OR
(near SE 72nd AVe and SE Woodstock St)

  • Dec 20, 8:00AM - 11:00AM
  • Dec 27, 8:00AM - 11:00AM
  • Jan 03, 8:00AM - 11:00AM

Parents must reserve a clinic date and complete a permission form prior to their volleyball player attending the clinic. Email your reservation request to In the email specify the date(s) that you want your volleyball player to attend.

Space is limited --- so reserve your volleyball players spot now!

Nadaka Park Winter Cleanup #2 Sunday Jan 4, 2009

01/04/2009 - 9:00am
01/04/2009 - 3:00pm
Nadaka Park Winter Cleanup #2: Sunday Jan 4, 2009

Let's Celebrate New Year Outdoors!

Bring your clippers and gloves to Nadaka Park, Sunday Jan 4th!

When: Sunday Jan 4, 2009 9:00AM - 3:00PM
Where: Nadaka Park
NE 176th Ave and NE Pacific St
(Click here for a map)
Gresham, OR

Nadaka Winter Cleanup #2

On Sunday, January 4th from 9:00AM to 3:00PM the Wilkes East Neighborhood Association will be holding the second of three Winter cleanup's at Nadaka Park. Come on by and give us a hand! Dress warmly. Bring your gloves, clippers, and yard tools.

If you haven't stopped by Nadaka Park lately you owe it to yourself to see the many improvements made over the past several months!

Nadaka Park Winter Cleanup #1 Sunday Dec 7, 2008

12/07/2008 - 9:00am
12/07/2008 - 3:00pm
Nadaka Park Winter Cleanup #1 Sunday Dec 7, 2008

Let's Get Dirty!

Bring your clippers and gloves to Nadaka Park this Sunday Dec 7th!

When: Sunday Dec 7, 2008 9:00AM - 3:00PM
Where: Nadaka Park
NE 176th Ave and NE Pacific St
(Click here for a map)
Gresham, OR

Nadaka Winter Cleanup #1

On Sunday, December 7th from 9:00AM to 3:00PM the Wilkes East Neighborhood Association will be holding the first of three Winter cleanup's at Nadaka Park. Come on by and give us a hand! Dress warmly. Bring your gloves and clippers.

If you haven't stopped by Nadaka Park lately you owe it to yourself to see the many improvements made over the past several months!

Butler Creek Greenway volunteers needed: Nov 15, 2008

11/15/2008 - 9:00am
11/15/2008 - 2:00pm
Butler Creek Greenway renaturalizing event: Nov 15, 2008.  Get a little dirty, and have fun too!

Get a little dirty, and have fun too!
Join us for the last Fall volunteer event

When: Saturday Nov 15, 2008 9:00AM - 2:00PM
Where: Butler Creek Greenway
SW Angeline Ave & SW Willow Pkwy
Gresham OR

Directions: From W Powell Blvd/Mt Hood HWY 26, go south down SW Eastman Pkwy and continue on to SW Towle Ave for about 2 miles. Then turn west onto SW Willow Pkwy and park at the junction of Angeline Ave and SW Willow Pkwy (signs will be up indicating location).

Click here for a map!

Greetings Gresham Parks Volunteers!

Gresham Parks & Recreation's winter events newsletter will be out Dec. 1st with plenty of volunteer events, but right now we could use your help at Butler Creek Greenway!

Butler Creek Trail Planting

Volunteers are needed to join City staff on Saturday, Nov 15th from 9:00AM-2:00PM to help renaturalize the Butler Creek Greenway. Help us by planting hundreds of trees, shrubs, and other native plants where there were once only invasive weeds. Aside from planting, this project will include weeding the site, removing regrown English Ivy and mulching the plantings.

Zimmerman House tours: Nov 15, 2008

11/15/2008 - 10:00am
11/15/2008 - 3:00pm
Zimmerman Heritage Farm. A delightful Victorian era farmhouse built in 1874. 17111 NE Sandy Blvd, Gresham OR, (503) 261-8078

Open House 10AM - 3PM
Visit this delightful turn-of-the-century Victorian farmhouse

When: Saturday Nov 15, 2008 10:00AM - 3:00PM
Where: Zimmerman Park
17111 NE Sandy Blvd
Gresham OR

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!

Celebrate Earth Day: Apr 19, 2008

04/19/2008 - 10:00am
04/19/2008 - 2:00pm
Earth Day 2008 Poster

Earth Day, Every Day!

Be part of the biggest Earth Day yet this April 19th

When: Saturday, April 19, 2008, 9:00AM - 2:00PM
Where: Gresham City Hall
1333 N.W. Eastman Parkway
Gresham, Oregon

Join your neighbors and the City of Gresham as we celebrate Earth Day 2008! Enjoy music and entertainment, vendor booths, recycling events, workshops, and more.

Activities & Events

Go green and celebrate the planet with these fun Earth Day games and activities! Find out what you can do to decrease climate change, plus ways to recycle at home or work.

Garden Clean-Up, City Hall: Mar 1, 2008

03/01/2008 - 8:00am
03/01/2008 - 1:00pm

Gresham City Hall Community Garden Clean Up

When: Saturday, March 1st, 2008 9:00AM - 1:00PM

Where: Gresham City Hall
1333 NW Eastman Parkway

Ready, set, weed! Spring is right around the corner and we'd like to clean up this site preparing it for another great year. Volunteers will help weed garden beds and pathways, turn compost bins, and pick up litter around the garden.

Welcome Spring! Gardening at Zimmerman Park: Mar 8, 2008

03/08/2008 - 9:00am
03/08/2008 - 2:00pm

Gardening at the Zimmerman House

When: Saturday March 8th, 2008 9:00AM - 2:00PM

Where: Zimmerman Park
17111 NE Sandy Blvd.

Take a step back into history by volunteering at the Zimmermann House. This 1874 farmhouse is a perfect reflection of typical Columbia River dairy farm life in the late 1800s. Volunteers are needed to weed and prune in the garden, which will contribute to the historical site overall beauty.

Download the Wilkes East Neighborhood Fall 2018 Newsletter here!

Download the Wilkes East Neighborhood Fall 2018 Newsletter here! Wilkes East Neighborhood, Gresham Oregon USA. Diversity, Harmony, Community- Together 'WE' can make a difference.

2018 Fall Newsletter

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

Read it now!

Inside This Issue:


  • TriMet’s New 162nd Ave Bus Line
  • 2018 Reynolds Athletic Hall of Fame 11/16
  • Happenings at Nadaka Nature Park
  • Don’t ‘Leaf’ Debris In The Street
  • Holiday Cooking, Freeze the Grease
  • WENA Annual Election of Officers

Download your copy here. (includes active web links)

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Happening’s At Nadaka Nature Park & Garden Fall 2018

Happening’s At Nadaka Nature Park & Garden Fall 2018. A place that nurtures nature, food, and families

“A place that nurtures nature, food, and families”

Turned leaves are falling, the mornings are cool, and our plants are drinking up the first rains of the season as we settle into a beautiful autumn here at Nadaka Nature Park.

By Monica McAllister & Grace Graham

After a summer buzzing with community celebrations and gatherings, gardeners tending their bountiful harvests, and many educational workshops and volunteering events, we at Friends of Nadaka (FON) are looking forward to our winter programming and have already begun planning for next year’s events. Over the next several months, we will be offering indoor gardening workshops, forest restoration projects, and other community engagement events that we encourage all of our neighbors to attend. Before diving into information about our upcoming park activities, however, we would like to take a moment to reflect on the past season’s successes and thank our community members and partners who helped make them possible.

This year’s 8th Annual Nadaka Community Festival was a huge success! We had over 350 participants, 3 performances, and 34 partnering organizations & businesses. We were thrilled to have The Aztec Dancers, Ukrainian Folk Singer Natalia Hougan, and the NW Panmen Terry Baber and Brad Hirsch on the Steel Drums perform again at this year’s festival. The Audubon Society of Portland education birds and handlers, City of Gresham Police Cadets and Fire Department had a ton of fun connecting with the community and teaching them about the amazing work they do. Environmental education activities, crafts, and face painting were led by our Nadaka Interns, East County Nature Crew, Centennial Park High School, Gresham High School Key Club, and TALON Apprentices from Audubon Society of Portland while the Boys & Girls Club kept the fun going with games and activities at the picnic shelter! We extend a big thank you to our Festival Committee, volunteers, partners, and everyone else who made the festival a marvelous success! Our Festival sponsors and donors included: Owens Corning, City of Gresham, and St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church, as well as Albertsons, Starbucks, and Rockwood PUD who donated hot dogs & chips, coffee, and water respectively. We are extremely grateful for their support!

Friends of Nadaka would like to recognize the amazing work of our two Nadaka SummerWorks Interns and nine East County Nature Crew who helped lead and teach bilingual events for the Human Solutions apartment complexes and lead nature activities for the SKIP Program (City of Gresham’s Summer Kids In the Park Program, which includes free lunch and family-friendly activities) hosted at Nadaka with the Boys & Girls Club this summer. This year, Lilia from the SummerWorks Intern Program joined the ranks of the Nadaka Ambassadors, and Trey has returned as an Ambassador after his internship with the East County Nature Crew to continue working at the park year-round. We also want to recognize the amazing work of our year-round Ambassadors who have been working to engage the community, lead events, and keep the park safe and clean!

For the fall season, volunteers from the neighborhood showed their love for Nadaka at our SOLVE Beach and Riverside Cleanup in September and the No Ivy Day event in October. For this year’s No Ivy Day event, Friends of Nadaka was awarded a $2,000 SPACE Grant from East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District. This grant enabled us to purchase native plants and tools, and help support the Nadaka Park Coordinator and Nadaka Ambassadors in running the event. We were lucky to have “College Possible” high school youth and community members come together to prep the garden for winter. Another great annual event was our Fall Bird Walk with Audubon Society of Portland, where we cataloged the number and variety of species passing through the park during fall migration. In the garden, we finished up our free hands-on gardening workshop series with Outgrowing Hunger, and did an end-of-the-season cleanup. For those who are interested in gardening at the park, new garden registration for Nadaka begins February 1st. Contact Adam Kohl of Outgrowing Hunger ( for more information and how to register for a garden plot.

New to our team at Nadaka Nature Park this fall is AmeriCorps Member Grace Graham, who recently started an 11-month term of service as the Events & Outreach Specialist for both Nadaka Nature Park & Garden and the Columbia Slough Watershed Council. Grace was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska, and graduated from Willamette University in Salem, OR last May with a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Science and degree emphasis in Social Sciences. During her time in school, Grace managed her university’s Outdoor Program, assisted her academic advisor in climate research, and spent a semester studying biodiversity and the local social impacts of ecotourism in Bocas del Toro, Panama. After graduating, she worked for a diversified organic farm in Salem before moving to Portland to begin her service with AmeriCorps.

Grace is thrilled to have the opportunity to bring her passions for environmental conservation and social justice together through her position as the Events & Outreach Specialist. At Nadaka, she has begun facilitating and leading environmental stewardship programming with the SUN Program at HB Lee Middle School and students from Centennial Park Alternative High School. She is also looking forward to becoming more involved with communities and organizations in the Wilkes East neighborhood. At the Columbia Slough Watershed Council, she assists with outreach and communication efforts, and provides logistic and administrative support for community events. She is excited about becoming more engaged in diversity, equity, and inclusion work in the environmental field, and looks forward to building many more relationships with the communities she serves! If you have questions about Grace's role, the AmeriCorps program, or opportunities to collaborate, please contact her at

Even though winter weather will be upon us shortly, Friends of Nadaka will still have many fun events coming up rain or shine! Join us for our Urban Weeds Workshop with EMSWCD on Thursday 11/8 from 6-8:30 PM in the community hall at St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church. MLK Day of Service will be at the park on Monday, January 21st, and the Community Planting Event will follow on February 9th. Starting in March, we will be offering our Annual Free Indoor Gardening Workshop Series with Oregon Food Bank in English, Spanish, and Russian. Another event to keep an eye out for is our Spring Bird and Nature Walk Day with Audubon Society of Portland.

These are just a few of the activities we have in store for the community at Nadaka. For more information and opportunities to get involved and help create a positive social and environmental change in the Wilkes East and Rockwood community, visit, “Friends of Nadaka” group and Nadaka Nature Park page on Facebook, or contact Monica at or 503-956-8558.

We look forward to seeing everyone at the park!

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