Nadaka Nature Park

2016 Portland area Holiday Activity Guide. Fun for the entire family! Storybooklane, Train rides, Christmas ships, Colorful lights, 250+ Tuba Concert on the Square and much more. Info here!

Gresham Parks Need Storm Cleanup Volunteers: Jan 24, 2009

01/24/2009 - 9:00am
01/24/2009 - 12:00pm
Etc/GMT-8
City of Gresham Oregon, Parks and Recreation

Bring Your Gloves -- Lend A Hand!
Help Us Remove The Storm Debris From Our Parks.
Saturday, Jan 24th 9AM-Noon

When: Saturday, Jan 24, 2009 9AM-Noon
Where: Various Locations (see below)

Wilkes East Neighbors:

As a result of the high winds over the last week an incredible amount of debris has fallen in our parks. The City cannot handle the cleanup without help from community volunteers. This Saturday, January 25th, Parks & Recreation is organizing cleanups in the following four parks from 9AM to Noon:

  • Pat Pfeifer Park
    424 NE 172nd Ave
  • Vance Park
    1400 SE 182nd Ave
  • Rockwood Central Park
    17707 SE Main St
  • North Gresham Park
    1111 SE 217th Ave

Please come by one of these parks this Saturday to help with a cleanup. All you will need is your work gloves (or the City will provide them).

Already Busy This Weekend?

If you can’t make it to one of these parks on Saturday and you want to do something to help the Wilkes East Neighborhood you can go to Columbia View Park, 1000 NE 169th Ave anytime. You'll see some neighbors have already begun piling branches -- and you can continue this work.

Nadaka Park Winter Cleanup #2 Sunday Jan 4, 2009

01/04/2009 - 9:00am
01/04/2009 - 3:00pm
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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
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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!

Summer & Fall 2017 Happenings At Nadaka Nature Park & Gardens

Summer & Fall 2017 Happenings At Nadaka Nature Park & Gardens. Read here!
Kids explore the bronze otter statue at Nadaka Nature Park, Gresham OR

By Monica McAllister
Nadaka Nature Park Coordinator

Something For Everyone
This past summer and early fall at Nadaka Nature Park has been abuzz with celebrations under the picnic shelter, free events, new additions to the play area as well as gardeners tending their harvest, and nature lovers exploring our lovely 10-acre forest. Even as the winter days start settling in, we at Friends of Nadaka (FON) have already started planning for next year’s events at the park. From hosting free indoor gardening workshops to forest restoration with local schools and community members, we are excited to offer plenty of opportunities for you to spend time with friends and family at Nadaka. Before we jump straight into next year’s events, let’s take a cue from the fall season to slow down and reflect on the bustle of activity that has occurred over the past few months at our neighborhood park.

Community Festival
This year’s 7th Annual Nadaka Community Festival was one of our best festivals yet! We had over 400 participants, 3 performances, and 35 partnering organizations & businesses, 28 of which hosted a community booth. 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. A big thank you to our Festival Committee, volunteers, partners and everyone who made the festival a marvelous success! Our Festival sponsors and donors included: Metro, City of Gresham, Owens Corning, and St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church. Albertsons & Organically Grown Co., Starbucks, and Rockwood PUD donated hot dogs & chips, organic apples, coffee, and water respectively.

Rip Caswell, Joan Albertson, Chad Caswell, Nadaka Nature Park, Gresham OR
Rip Caswell, Joan Albertson, Chad Caswell

Art Donations
Nadaka is especially grateful for the generous donation of the magnificent bronze otter and raven by Joan Albertson, the creators of the sculptures, artists Rip Caswell & son Chad Caswell.

as well as the work done by Lee Dayfield and Gresham Outdoor Public Art for making the installation and reveal of these beautiful art pieces possible.

Raven sculpture at Nadaka Nature Park, Gresham OR
Raven sculpture at Nadaka Nature Park
Giant Xylophone at Nadaka Nature Park, Gresham OR
Giant Xylophone at Nadaka Nature Park

Another amazing addition to the park is a new Xylophone installed at the north portion of the nature based play area. Thank you to the anonymous donor who made this possible and to the City of Gresham for installing this amazing gift of music for the community.

Volunteer Programs
Friends of Nadaka would like to recognize the amazing work of our two Nadaka SummerWorks? Interns and seven STRYVE Interns (Striving to Reduce Youth Violence Everywhere) who helped lead and teach bilingual events for the Wilkes Elementary Books in the Park Program, HB Lee’s SUN Program, Home Forward Apartment complexes, and our summer Tadpole Tales event. In addition to these educational events, they were also instrumental in keeping the park in tip top shape by removing invasive plants, caring for two education garden plots, managing for the front 2 acres, helping with the Nadaka Community Festival and more. Four of these amazing interns have joined the ranks of the Nadaka Ambassadors to continue working at the park year round.

Cleanups & more
For the fall season, volunteers from the neighborhood showed their love for Nadaka at our SOLVE Beach and Riverside Cleanup in September and at the No Ivy Day event on October 28th alongside the “College Possible” High School youth to remove invasive plants and replace them with native plants. We also partnered with Audubon Society of Portland to host a September Bird Walk 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 with a focus on “Harvesting Your Bounty” & “Shutting Down the Garden”. For those who are interested in gardening at the park, new garden registration for Nadaka begins February 1st. Contact Adam Kohl of Outgrowing Hunger (adam@outgrowinghunger.org) for more information and how to register for a garden plot.

Park Safety
At the end of August, we had over 40 people attend the Nadaka Community Safety meeting to voice their concerns, learn what is being done to keep the park safe, and give suggestions for improvements at the park. We wanted to thank NET (Neighborhood Enforcement Team), CVIP (Citizens Volunteering In Policing), Gresham Parks Department, St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church, East Metro Mediation, and the Nadaka Ambassadors for sharing what is being done on the ground and behind the scenes to ensure that Nadaka stays safe and clean. One of the areas of concern was the heavily vegetated space between the St. Aidan’s parking lot and meadow. Since the meeting, we have worked with the City of Gresham Parks Department to lift the canopy and create a line of sight from the parking lot into the meadow. We are so grateful for the hard work that the Parks Department to help address this area of concern and have noticed a marked improvement in the activities happening in that area. By our community taking ownership of the park through volunteering, voicing concerns and potential solutions, in addition to simply being a positive presence in the park, we can continues to ensure that Nadaka Nature Park stays a safe and welcoming space to nurture nature, food, and families.

Fall & Winter Activities
As promised, here are a few great events coming up at the park in the next few months! Join us for a Free Beneficial Insect Workshop with EMSWCD on 11/4 from 9am to 11:30 AM, MLK Day of Service Monday, January 15th, and the Community Planting Event in February (date still to be determined). Other great events to keep your eye out for are our Annual Free Indoor Gardening Workshop Series with Oregon Food Bank, Spring Migration Nature Walk and Welcome Back Vulture Day with Audubon Society of Portland.

Connect With Us
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 www.friendsofnadaka.org, “Friends of Nadaka” on Facebook, or contact Monica at monica@friendsofnadaka.org or 503-956-8558. We look forward to seeing everyone at the park!

Download the Wilkes East Neighborhood Fall 2017 Newsletter here!

Download the Wilkes East Neighborhood Fall 2017 Newsletter here! Wilkes East Neighborhood, Gresham Oregon USA. Diversity, Harmony, Community- Together 'WE' can make a difference.

2017 Fall Newsletter

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


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Inside This Issue:

 

  • Rockwood Boys & Girls Club Opens
  • Zimmerman House Holiday Tours
  • Rosewood/162 Max Stop Name Change
  • Happenings at Nadaka Nature Park
  • Reynolds Athletics Hall or Fame
  • Neighborhood Meeting, Nov 13th 7PM

Download your copy here. (includes active web links)

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SOLVE Beach & Riverside Cleanup at Nadaka! Sat, Sep 23, 2017 9AM-12PM

09/23/2017 - 9:00am
09/23/2017 - 12:00pm
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SOLVE Beach & Riverside Cleanup at Nadaka! Sat, Sep 23, 2017 9AM-12PM. Lend a hand; meet your neighbors! Register here!

Lend a hand, meet your neighbors!

When: Sat, Sep 23, 2017 90AM-12PM
Where: Nadaka Nature Park
17615 NE Glisan St
Meet at the picnic structure
Get Map!

JOIN US
Join Friends of Nadaka to restore a healthy habitat at Nadaka Nature Park Saturday, September 23rd from 9 AM to 12 PM! We will be removing invasive species such as English Ivy from the 10 acre forested portion of the park. The event will start with a brief lesson on native and invasive plant species.

Tools, gloves, and light refreshments will be provided. Dress to work in natural areas: long pants and closed-toe sturdy shoes. Please bring a water bottle and a friend! Activities include: Invasive Plant Removal, Litter Cleanup, Garden Weeding/Cleanup.

REGISTER FOR THIS EVENT

PARKING
There are two locations for parking.

  • St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church parking lot next to Nadaka Nature Park located at 17405 NE Glisan Street Gresham, OR 97230
  • Nadaka Nature Park’s north entrance is at NE Pacific Street and 176th. You may park in the neighborhood and follow the path through the forest to get to the picnic structure.

MORE INFO
Contact Monica McAllister, Nadaka Nature Park Coordinator email monica@friendsofnadaka.org, or call 503-956-8558

7th Annual Nadaka Nature Park Community Festival: Sat, Aug 12, 2017 12PM-3PM

08/12/2017 - 8:35am
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Nadaka Nature Park Festival, August 12th 2017 from 12-3pm. Audubon birds, free hot dogs and drinks, crafts, games, face painting, Aztec Dancers, music performances and more. Info here!

Come Join the Fun!!

When: Sat, Aug 12, 2017 12PM-3PM
Where: Nadaka Nature Park
17615 NE Glisan St.
Get Map!

Everyone is welcome to the 7th Annual Nadaka Community Festival to be held at Nadaka Nature Park on Aug. 12 from noon to 4:00 pm.

Portland Audubon's live educational birds will be there, and we'll have activities for all ages:

  • Free food
  • Face painting
  • Live music
  • Aztec dancers will perform in the meadow
  • Community groups will have information tables
  • Scavenger hunt in the forest with prizes

Enter at NE 175th and NE Pacific, where there is parking in the neighborhood; or NE 175th and NE Glisan, with parking in St. Aidan's Episcopal Church parking lot. Parking is also available on the south side of NE Glisan at NE 176th in the neighborhood. A crosswalk is available across NE Glisan.

For more information about this event, contact Monica McAllister at 503-956-8558 or monica@friendsofnadaka.org.

Free! 7th Annual Nadaka Park Community Festival: Sat, Aug 12, 2017 12PM-3PM

08/12/2017 - 12:00pm
08/12/2017 - 3:00pm
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Free! 7th Annual Nadaka Park Community Festival: Sat, Aug 12, 2017 12PM-3PM. Hot dogs, pop, activities for all ages, live music. 17615 NE Glisan, Grssham OR. Info here!

It's time for the 7th Annual Nadaka Community Festival! This fun and exciting event will be at Nadaka Nature Park in Gresham on August 12th from 12PM to 3PM!

When: Sat, Aug 12, 2017 12PM-3PM
Where: 17615 NE Glisan Street
Gresham, OR 97230
Get Map!

This is a free event for the community!

Highlights

  • Aztec dancers will perform in the meadow
  • Free food
  • Activities for all ages
  • Portland Audubon’s live educational birds
  • Face painting
  • Live music
  • Community booths with information and activities
  • Unveiling of “Celebrating Nature”
    a generous gift to Nadaka Nature Park from Joan Albertson. A Bronze Otter by Artist Rip Caswell and a Raven by Artist Chad Caswell. Gresham Outdoor Public Art.

Directions
Entrances & Parking: NE 175th & NE Pacific has parking in the neighborhood or NE 175th & NE Glisan with parking in St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church parking lot. Parking is also available on the south side of NE Glisan at NE 176th in the neighborhood. Crosswalk available across NE Glisan.

Wilkes East Neighborhood, 2017 Summer Meeting: Mon Aug 14, 2017 7PM-9PM

08/14/2017 - 7:00pm
08/14/2017 - 9:00pm
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Wilkes East Neighborhood 2017 Summer Meeting, Mon Aug 14, 2017 7PM-9PM. Everyone's invited! Join your Neighbors. Get involved. Make a difference! Albertina Kerr, 722 NE 162nd Av, Training Building. Info here!

When: Mon Aug 14, 2017 7PM-9PM
(New date! 2nd Monday)
Where: Albertina Kerr
Gresham Campus, Training Building
(small bldg, center north on property)
722 NE 162nd Av
Gresham, OR
Get Map!

Neighborhood Meeting, Everyone's Invited

Join Your Neighbors. Get involved. Make a difference!

Save the date
Be sure to save Monday, August 14th at 7PM for the Wilkes East Neighborhood 2017 Summer Meeting. The meeting will be held at Albertina Kerr, 722 NE 162nd Av, Training Building (small bldg, center north on property), Gresham OR. Get map!

Guests & Topics
Speakers for the August 14th meeting include: Josh Fuhrer, Executive Director, Gresham Redevelopment Commission with a Rockwood Rising project update; Mario Palmero, Chair, Gresham City Council, highlighting what's going on at City Hall; Jay Higgins, Associate Transportation Planner, discusses City of Gresham City bike routes.

Seeking Board Members.   Are you motivated, passionate, creative?
Did you know you can become a Member-at-Large at any time? Being a Board Member is a great opportunity and experience for any neighbor, whether you’ve been on a board before or you're considering the idea for the first time. No experience required. Info here! or contact any board member.

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.

The Wilkes East Neighborhood is located in the Northwest corner of the City of Gresham, Oregon, and is one of Gresham's sixteen neighborhoods. Wilkes East Neighborhood borders are roughly NE Sandy Blvd to the north, NE 181st Ave to the east, NE Glisan St to the south, and NE 162nd Ave to the west. Get map!.

Agenda

  • Josh Fuhrer
    Executive Director
    Gresham Redevelopment Commission
    Rockwood Rising project update
  • Mario Palmero
    Chair
    Gresham City Council
    highlighting what's going on at City Hall
  • Jay Higgins
    Associate Transportation Planner
    discusses City of Gresham City bike routes
  • plus a Nadaka update and neighborhood news.


Wilkes East Neighborhood Meeting Signs. Info here!

Watch for these red & white Meeting Signs the week before our meeting. The signs were purchased with assistance of the City of Gresham Neighborhood Grant Program, and with volunteer hours to set them out and retrieve them. Signs Now NW also made a generous contribution to this project.

Mark your calendar. See you there!

Nadaka Nature Park & Gardens Summer 2017 Update & Events

Nadaka Nature Park & Gardens Summer 2017 Update & Events. Nadaka Nature Park Festival, Tadpole Tales, Audubon Society Bird Walks, Community gardens and more. Info here!

by Monica McAllister
Nadaka Nature Park Coordinator

Summer is here, delicious berries are ripe, baby birds are taking flight, and we hope you have been able to get out and enjoy it all at Nadaka Nature Park! The past couple of months have been bustling with families enjoying the new swing set, community members gathering for parties at the picnic shelter, gardeners tending their veggies and flowers, and nature lovers of all ages exploring the forest. The past few months ‘Friends of Nadaka’ (FON) has been hard at work providing environmental education activities, community events, and stewardship opportunities for our neighbors, schools, and partnering organizations.

We are most excited about the upcoming Seventh Annual Nadaka Nature Park Festival that will take place August 12th from 12-3pm. This family friendly event will include a visit from the Audubon Society of Portland’s Education Birds, free hot dogs and drinks, crafts, games, face painting, dance and music performances. Various partnering organizations will have information booths and fun hands on activities for the whole family. We would love to have volunteers from the Wilkes East neighborhood to help with the event. If you are interested please contact Monica, the Nadaka Coordinator.

Nadaka Nature Park Festival, August 12th 2017 from 12-3pm. Audubon birds, free hot dogs and drinks, crafts, games, face painting, Aztec Dancers, music performances and more. Info here!
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