West Gresham

Pedestrian and Bicycle Improvements along Halsey St. Project begins May 2010.

Call for Comments. Pedestrian and Bicycle Improvements along Halsey St. Project begins May 2010.  Info here!

"Bye-bye" curbside parking. Much needed upgrades coming.

Sidewalks, ADA rampes, bike lanes, and a new crosswalk near 172nd.

Changes coming to Halsey Street

May - September 2010 the City of Gresham’s Transportation Division will enhance Halsey Street between 162nd and 181st Avenues. The project includes construction of new sidewalks where they are missing, new ADA ramps, and an enhanced crosswalk on 172nd or at a nearby intersection to facilitate access to the north side of Halsey Street from H.B. Lee Middle School. Get Map!

The street surface will also be repaved with microseal, a more durable road surface than the existing asphalt. When the street is resurfaced automobile lanes will be realigned and bike lanes will be added to the north and south sides of the street. With the addition of bike lanes some on-street parking will be eliminated.

New Scarlet Oaks added to Columbia View Park by Friends of Trees volunteers

New Scarlet Oaks added to Columbia View Park in Gresham Oregon, Jan 9, 2010 by Friends of Trees volunteers. Info here!
Volunteers plant Scarlet Oaks at
Columbia View Park. Click to view

Oaks will add a nice touch of red fall color to Columbia View Park

Scarlet Oaks added to park

By Kate Farrington, (Friends of Trees)

Friends of Trees, along with volunteers from the Nadaka Nature Park work party, planted three Scarlet Oaks in Columbia View Park (in the SE area of the park) Jan. 9th. They were planted to replace four mature cottonwoods that were recently removed.

The oaks will add a nice touch of red fall color to the park, which is currently dominated by evergreen trees.

Thanks to Lee Dayfield, who put in a lot of work to make this planting happen! Friends of Trees is excited be involved in more planting projects out in Gresham.

Metro Council District #1 Candidates' Forum: Mar 15, 2010 7PM

03/15/2010 - 7:00pm
Metro Council District #1 Candidates' Forum sponsored by the Rockwood Neighborhood Assn: Mar 15, 2010 7PM, Gresham Salvation Army Youth Center. Info here!

Meet the Candidates for
Metro Council District #1

Everyone is invited to attend.

When: Monday Mar 15, 2010 7PM
Where: Gresham Salvation Army
Youth Center
473 SE 194th St
Get Map!

Canidates Forum

The Rockwood Neighborhood Association (RNA) is providing a forum for District #1 candidates to introduce themselves, describe Metro and address issues relevant to East County and their respective campaigns. This position is currently held by Rod Park.

Candidates running for Council Position #1 are:

  • Shirley Craddick
    [Currently Council Position #3, City of Gresham]
  • Christopher Gorsek
    [Currently Professor, Mt. Hood Comm. College]
  • Duke Shepard
    [Currently Political Director, Oregon AFL-CIO]

The RNA will provide updates on Neighborhood issues (parks, County Courts, TriMet improvements) prior to the forum.

Lee Dayfield to receive Columbia Slough Watershed Council 2009 Achievement Award: Jan 29, 2010

01/29/2010 - 6:30pm
01/29/2010 - 10:00pm
Lee Dayfield receives Columbia Slough Watershed Council 2009 Achievement Award for Nadaka Nature Park restoration work: Jan 29, 2010. Info here!
Lee Dayfield
Friends of Nadaka

You're invited

"Slough Celebration"
An evening of awards, raffles,
and live swing music.

Lee Dayfield to be honored
for Nadaka Nature Park
restoration work

When: Friday, Jan 29, 2010 6:30-10:00PM
Where: Acadian Ballroom
1829 NE Alberta St
Portland, OR
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Invitation to Slough Celebration

You're invited to attend the Columbia Slough Watershed Council (CSWC) "Slough Celebration" on Friday, January 29th as they present proudly present Wilkes East's own Lee Dayfield with a 2009 Achievement Award for her work improving Nadaka Nature Park. Ms. Dayfield has championed a neighborhood effort organizing volunteer work parties in partnership with SOLV and the Columbia Slough Watershed Council that brought in 188 volunteers and removed over 14,000 pounds of invasive weeds. Her work at the park has made a significant contribution to the Columbia Slough Watershed’s ecological health and community knowledge.

The Slough Celebration will be held Friday, January 29th at 6:30pm at The Acadian Ballroom located at 1829 NE Alberta St in Portland.

Landlord, mayor don’t see eye to eye on proposed Rockwood methadone clinic

Landlord, mayor don’t see eye to eye on proposed Rockwood methadone clinic at 192nd & E Burnside in Gresham.
New methadone clinic in Rockwood? Maybe. (katu.com)

"Allowing this type of business" says Gresham mayor, "would be a step in the wrong direction."

Source: katu.com (Jan. 7, 2010)

A Gresham landlord wants to fill a vacancy with a methadone clinic, but the mayor said Wednesday the area has enough clinics already.

The site is in Gresham’s Rockwood area at 192nd and East Burnside and has been vacant for more than a year. Owner Jack Medak said he just wants a business that will help pay the bills.

Cub Scouts Join October 2009 Nadaka Nature Park Clean-Up

Cub Scouts Join October 2009 Nadaka Nature Park Clean-Up
Cub Scouts Pack #740 at Nadaka
Park Cleanup. Click to enlarge

Cub Scouts remove vines and invasives as part of four Community Service projects to earn a special award.

By Lorraine Strahlmann
(Wilkes East resident. Jan 8, 2010)

If you were a young lad, where would you and your buddies be on an October Saturday morning? If you guessed Gresham Youth Football practice, this time you are wrong.

On this particular day, five (5) Cub Scouts from Gresham Pack #740 were hard at work helping clean Nadaka Nature Park of invasive plants, trees and vines.

With parental supervision the Cubs pushed wheelbarrows they filled with debris to a waiting yard waste bin provided by the City of Gresham.

UPDATE: Could a 'Big Box' store be in Wilkes East's future?

Could a 'Big Box' store be in Wilkes East's future? Four potential Gresham locations, and no 'Big Box' building code
Suzan Wells, Pres. SWNA
outside abandoned QFC store
182nd/Powell. Gresham Outlook

City identifies 181st & Halsey as one of four potential Gresham locations.

Five years later, still no 'Big Box' building code for responsible development.

According to a recent City Council report the possibility is real.

At the October 13th 2009 City Council meeting city planners presented a report that acknowledges Gresham's (Oregon's fourth largest city) need for a big-box policy. The report outlined areas of concern; a summary of how similar sized cities address those issues; and how Gresham compares.

Report recommends delay

The report recommends delaying code development saying the retail market has slowed, making another big-box development unlikely anytime soon. Besides, "A big-box store requires eight acres to accommodate parking," said John Pettis, associate comprehensive planner, "there are no vacant properties (in Gresham) that meet that requirement".

Planners did however identify four sites big enough to be redeveloped to accommodate a big-box (bigger than 100,000 sq. ft.); including 181st & Halsey. (See map below for location)

Gresham Redevelopment Commission Advisory Committee meeting agenda: Jan 13, 2010 7PM

01/13/2010 - 7:00pm
01/13/2010 - 9:00pm
City of Gresham, Redevelopment Commission Advisory Committee meeting, Wednesday Jan 13, 2010 7PM. Info here!

GRDC Advisory Committee agenda:

Election of Officers, Rockwood Town Center Access Projects, Plaza del Sol, Storefront Improvement Grants, more.

When: Wednesday Jan 13, 2010 7PM-9PM
Where: Gresham City Hall
Oregon Trail Conference Center
1333 NW Eastman Pky
Gresham OR
Get Map!

On the agenda

Click here for Wednesday night's Gresham Redevelopment Commission (GRDC) Advisory Committee meeting agenda. This link takes you to the City of Gresham webpage that has the attachments and further meeting information.

It includes info Election of Officers, Rockwood Town Center Access Projects, Plaza del Sol, Storefront Improvement Grants, 2010 GRDC Work Plan, etc. You will find all of this under "agenda attachments" for the meeting on 1/13.

Tour the 1874 Zimmerman Heritage Farm: Jan 16, 2010 10AM-3PM

01/16/2010 - 10:00am
01/16/2010 - 3:00pm
Zimmerman Heritage Farm. A delightful Victorian era farmhouse built in 1874. Gresham OR. Fairview-Rockwood-Wilkes Historical Society.  Click here!
1874 Zimmerman House, Gresham
Oregon. Click to enlarge

Zimmerman Heritage Farm

A lasting vestige of
East Multnomah County's
agricultural roots

Tours Sat Jan 16th 10AM -3PM

When: Saturday Jan 16, 2010 10AM-3PM
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 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.

Six new designs for Rockwood offer a bright future for West Gresham

Univ of Oregon Sustainable Cities Initiative presented six new designs for Rockwood at the Gresham Redevelopment Commission meeting Dec 9, 2009
Community-based urban living in
West Gresham's Rockwood triangle. Click to enlarge

Sustainable Cities Year project redefines Rockwood potential.

Proximity to Portland and MAX huge factors.

"Rockwood Boulevard combines social and community goals to transform an isolated and distressed site into a vibrant neighborhood. At the heart of the six arce site is a street lined with local business creating an atmosphere bursting with activity and unique flavor."

Six new designs for Rockwood

University of Oregon graduate students involved in the year-long Sustainable Cities Year program presented six new designs for the Rockwood triangle to an enthusiastic audience at the Gresham Redevelopment Commission (GRC) meeting on Dec 9, 2009. The crowd, which divided into three groups for two presentations and a short Q&A every 20 minutes, liked what they saw.

"Community-based urban living supported by a micro economy of local business" dominated the design themes. Students cited the close proximity to downtown Portland and the importance of the adjacent MAX Blue Line as huge factors in their designs, saying Rockwood is positioned to become a vital and thriving area in West Gresham.

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