West Gresham

Cypress Park neighbors join-in National Night Out 2009

Cypress Park joins Nation Night Out 2009

Cypress Park neighbors send a message to criminals!

Residents join-in the 26th National Night Out

Neighbors gather against crime

The Wasco St. Neighborhood Watch (NE Wasco St. from 172nd to 179th) celebrated their first National Night Out "block party" Friday, Aug. 7, 2009 from 6PM-9PM. Two watch members took the initiative to prepare a flier invitation and others members distributed it.

Great participation

The block party attracted 40 members of the neighborhood, some who had never met. Conversation was fun and lively, one student performed magic.

The neighborhood potluck consisted of wonderful dishes from all families including Russian and Philippine cuisine. Everyone commented on what a great time it was.

An annual event

Wasco St. Neighborhood Watch plans to host an annual National Night Out block party each year.

Say "Goodbye" to curbside parking along NE Glisan St. Informational meeting: Jul 28th 2009 6:30PM

07/28/2009 - 6:30pm
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City of Gresham to micro-seal NE Glisan. No more curbside parking on NE Glisan, cars & bike use only. Informational meeting July 28, 2009 6:30PM, St Aidan's Church

NE Glisan Street Information Meeting

City to micro-seal street in mid-August. No more curbside parking, cars & bike use only.

When: Tuesday, July 28, 2009 6:30PM
Where: St Aidan's Church
17405 NE Glisan St
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Information Meeting

Jonathon David, City of Gresham Department of Roads, will be presenting an informational meeting Tuesday July 28th at 6:30PM at St. Aidan’s Church to discuss the resurfacing (micro-seal) of NE Glisan from 181st to 162nd beginning mid-August, and to answer questions regarding the City's decision to end curbside parking on NE Glisan St.

Residents along NE Glisan St are urged to attend this important meeting.

Solar array requires tree removal along Columbia Slough. Wilkes Community Group to hold emergency meeting: Jul 17, 2009 6:30PM

07/17/2009 - 6:30pm
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Trees to be removed along Columbia Slough at NE 164th to make way for new solar array.  Wilkes Community Group to hold emergency general meeting Thursday July 16th, 2009 6:30PM. Public invited

Wilkes Community Group Emergency Meeting. Public Invited

Trees to be removed along Columbia Slough at NE 164th to make way for new solar array

When: Thursday, July 16th, 2009 6:30PM
Where: East Portland Neighborhood Office
1017 NE 117th Avenue
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Purpose of meeting

As part of the City of Portland’s commitment to sustainability and the development of alternative energy sources, the Portland Water Bureau is currently working with a Solar Developer to install a 270 kW Solar Array in a field on Water Bureau property at the Groundwater Pump Station at 16400 NE Airport Way. This $3.5 million solar project will generate approximately 300,000 kWh of electricity; enough to offset part of the electricity consumed by the pump station and the equivalent to approximately 50 Oregon homes.

Unfortunately the orientation of the Solar Array requires removal of 32 red alder, Douglas fir and western red cedar trees along the south property line in order to prevent shading of the panels. All of the trees are between 15 feet and 30 feet tall.

The removed trees will be replaced by a 36 native cascara, western flowering dogwood and black hawthorne trees, which will not grow tall enough to shade the solar array.

Agenda

To prepare testimony for environmental land use review of Portland Water Bureau's Application (LU 09-128253EN) to remove trees from and environmental zone along the Columbia Slough in Wilkes at 16400 NE Airport Way. Click here to review the City of Portland's complete proposal.

Because the City of Portland must publish their decision within 28 days, they must to receive written comments by 5PM on July 17, 2009.

Questions?

Please contact Alice Blatt phone 503-253-6247 email aliceb@pacifier.com.

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

08/15/2009 - 10:00am
08/15/2009 - 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

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
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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!

4th Annual Capri Terrace Neighborhood Block Sale: July 10-11, 2009 9AM

07/11/2009 - 9:00am
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4th Annual Capri Terrace Neighborhood Block Sale.  July 10-11, 2009 9AM-3PM. NE 165th-172nd, NE Hoyt, Oregon, & Pacific Streets

4th Annual Capri Terrace Neighborhood Block Sale: July 10-11, 2009 9AM

07/10/2009 - 9:00am
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4th Annual Capri Terrace Neighborhood Block Sale.  July 10-11, 2009 9AM-3PM. NE 165th-172nd, NE Hoyt, Oregon, & Pacific Streets

Zimmerman House tours: July 18, 2009 10AM-3PM

07/18/2009 - 10:00am
07/18/2009 - 3:00pm
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Zimmerman Heritage Farm. A delightful Victorian era farmhouse built in 1874. Gresham OR. Fairview-Rockwood-Wilkes Historical Society

Celebrate Summer with Us!

Zimmerman Heritage Farm
Open House 10AM - 3PM

When: Saturday July 18, 2009 10:00AM - 3:00PM
Where: Zimmerman Park
17111 NE Sandy Blvd
Gresham OR
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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!

UPDATE: Rockwood 10 years later: millions wasted, the former Fred Meyer site remains a vacant lot

The former Rockwood Fred Meyer store (since demolished) property continues to languish after years of failed urban development and millions wasted. Once a thriving middle-class community, the area has fallen into ruin - riddled with crime and poverty
Rockwood Fred Meyer (demolished),
185th & SE Stark. Click to enlarge.

Once the 'heart' of a thriving middle-class community, Rockwood continues to remains on life-support

UPDATE: Jan 2013

Ask anyone in East County to describe Rockwood and you're likely to hear them say "slum", "trouble", or simply "stay away".

From everything to nothing
Not long ago -- or so it seems, Rockwood was a vibrant community, serving the regional needs of folks living in unincorporated East Multnomah County between the cities of Portland and Gresham. Whatever your need, Rockwood had it: grocerers, retailers, furniture, fast-food & restaurants, services, medical and more. Rockwood was buzzing with activity.

Those days are gone along with businesses like Fred Meyer, GI Joes, Girrods, Star Furniture, Rockwood Lanes, Fred's Travelrama, the laundromat, the urgent-care, Burger King, KFC, Dairy Queen, Winchell's, Skippers, and countless others.

Ignored for years by local government, Rockwood has been in decline for decades. Crime-infested, and poverty-sticken. Today Rockwood is fighting for its very survival.

Expect delays and weekend closures along NE 181st Ave in West Gresham thru June during Signal Improvements construction

NE 181st Ave Corridor Signal Improvements construction begins in West Gresham. Expect delays and closures through June.

Signal upgrades, ramp improvements, and pavement repairs are underway.

Much needed traffic changes come to West Gresham.

Ask any rush hour commuter traveling NE 181st Ave in West Gresham and they will tell you, traffic congestion between Interstate 84 and NE Halsey St is miserable. In fact at times, it's downright unbearable.

Frustrated commuters rejoice, change is here!

According to the City of Gresham Project Manager and City Engineers the long awaited NE 181st Ave Corridor Signal Improvements project has begun.

Linda Kidby, City of Gresham spokesperson says "signal upgrades, ramp improvements, and pavements repairs are underway right now and should be completed soon" to relieve traffic congestion through this busy area.

Expect delays and weekend closures

Construction workers are currently making improvements to all of the handicap accessible sidewalk ramps at the intersection of NE San Rafael St at NE 181st Ave.

Due to the nature of the asphalt repairs and the high traffic volume along NE 181st Ave city workers will need to close several intersections in the

Everything Nadaka: Recent events, grants, and a possible new expansion

Everything Nadaka: Recent events, grants, and a possible new expansion
Hollydale Elementary students, teachers,
and parents remove invasives from Nadaka Nature Park

Preserving urban habitat

Great things are happening at Nadaka Nature Park

Nadaka Nature Park is a lovely 10 acre natural area of second generation Douglas Fir forest with an under-story of native plants in the Wilkes East Neighborhood. Nadaka offers a quiet, woodsy escape with it's .46 mile walking trail loop and an open meadow on the south. The Wilkes East Neighborhood Association (WENA) is actively working to restore this natural area by removing invasive blackberry, ivy, and holly with volunteer work parties. Entrance to the park is near NE 175th & NE Pacific St.

Recent events at Nadaka

So far in 2009, the Friends of Nadaka group has organized over 10 invasive removal cleanups at the park including 75-90 Hollydale Elementary students, teachers & parents; and a SOLV Earth Day event April 18th with more than 30 volunteers.

Everything Nadaka: Recent events, grants, and a possible new expansion
SOLV Earth Day 2009 volunteers help restore Nadaka Nature Park's urban habitat

May 28th the Audubon Society of Portland organized a morning stroll to explore the natural and human history of this unique neighborhood nature park and to begin documenting the bird species inhabiting Nadaka.

Grant monies for Nadaka

WENA and Friends of Nadaka recently received a Metro 'Nature in Neighborhood' matching grant totaling $24,000 for improvements at Nadaka.

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