A Day of Activities at Nadaka Nature Park with Audubon Society of Portland and Verde: Sep 10, 2011 10AM-2PM

09/10/2011 - 10:00am
09/10/2011 - 2:00pm
A Day of Activities at Nadaka Nature Park with Audubon Society of Portland and Verde: Sep 10, 2011 10AM-2PM. Info here!
Nadaka Nature Park, Gresham OR

A Day Of Fun
For The Whole Family!

When: Sun, Sep 10, 2011 10AM-2PM
Where: Nadaka Nature Park
175th & NE Pacific St
Gresham OR
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Join The Fun!
Come explore and learn more about Nadaka Nature Park and Garden Project which brings together diverse community organizations to develop and maintain a community garden, orchard, rain garden, natural meadow, restrooms, and nature-based play area at Nadaka Nature Park.

  • 10:00AM- Come get to know Nadaka with a scavenger hunt and other family fun activities
  • 10:45AM- Learn about Nadaka Nature Park and Garden Project/li>
  • 11:00AM- Audubon of Society Education Birds/li>
  • 12:00PM- Explore Nadaka and other family activities

Sign the Petition
Please support Nadaka Nature Park and Garden Project by signing the online petition here:

Join Audubon Society of Portland on a Field Trip to Ridgefield Wildlife Refuge: Aug 21, 2011 8AM-11AM

08/21/2011 - 8:00am
08/21/2011 - 11:00am
Join Audubon Society of Portland for a walk around the Kiwa Trail at Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge.  The 1.5 mile flat gravel trail passes along some of the most bueatiful and productive open wetlands in our area: Aug 21, 2011 8AM-11AM. Info here!
Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge

Beautiful and inspiring

When: Sun Aug 21, 2011 8AM-11AM
Where: Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Kiwa Trail River S Unit
Ridgefield WA
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Kiwa Trail Loop
Wildlife is the star attraction of this nearly level hike. Birds in particular seem to be everywhere—standing in the marshes, flitting in the trees, floating on the lakes, swimming in the sloughs, and hunting among the meadow grasses.

Join leaders Robin Carpenter and Gabriel Forcier for a walk around the Kiwa Trail at Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge. The 1.5 mile flat, crushed gravel trail passes through an understory of Oregon ash trees and between open wetland areas. Dress for the weather, hats recommended. Beginners welcome.

The Swifts are coming! Learn about this amazing spectacle with Audubon: Aug 31, 2011 7PM-8PM

08/31/2011 - 7:00pm
08/31/2011 - 8:00pm

Join Steve Engel, Adult Education Programs Manager at the Audubon Society of Portland, Wednesday Aug 31st 7PM-8PM, as he explains the Vaux's Swifts biology, habits and things to keep in mind when viewing them around the Portland area Sept 1-30, 2011. Chapman School swifts viewing info here too!
Vaux's Swifts descend into the Chapman School chimney in NW Portland each evening during September

Get Ready for the Swifts Return

Come and learn more about the amazing return of Vaux’s Swifts as they gather at various sites in the Portland area during the month of September on their Fall migration south. Each evening tens of thousands seek a communal roost site in the Portland / Vancouver area (as well as north and south of here. Chapman School in N.W. Portland being the most well-known).

When: Wed, Aug 31, 2011 7PM-8PM
Where: Leach Botanical Garden
6704 SE 122nd Ave
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Join us Wednesday Aug 31st 7PM-8PM at Leach Botanical Garden in SE Portland as Steve Engel, Adult Education Programs Manager with Audubon Society of Portland explains the Vaux's Swifts biology, habits and things to keep in mind when viewing these amazing avians.

Learn about potential improvements to Glendoveer Golf Course and Fitness Trail, Community Open House: Aug 1, 2011 6PM

08/01/2011 - 6:00pm
08/01/2011 - 8:00pm
Learn about potential improvements to Glendoveer Golf Course and Fitness Trail, Community Open House: Aug 1, 2011 6PM. Info here!
Glendoveer Golf Course

Declining revenue,
increased use

When: Mon, Aug 1, 2011 6PM-8PM
Where: Glendoveer fitness trail
parking lot
(Corner of NE 148th & Halsey St)
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Increassed revenues needed
Learn more about potential improvements to the Glendoveer Golf Course and Fitness Trail at a community open house. The goal of the Glendoveer facility assessment and business plan project is to evaluate current property conditions and identify opportunities to enhance the overall golf experience, to better serve the surrounding community and to maintain or improve revenue generation. While some site improvements or changes may take place as a result of this project, the golf course and fitness trail will continue to be a focus at Glendoveer. The outcome of the project will help guide a fair and competitive process to develop and award a new contract to operate the facility in 2013.

Meet at the Glendoveer fitness trail parking lot, located on Northeast 148th Avenue and Halsey Street. Metro Councilors and staff will be there to listen to your ideas and concerns, answer questions and provide information about next steps. For more information about the project and open house, go to or contact Lydia Neill at 503-797-1830 or

Get Your Green On! Volunteers Needed, Nadaka Nature Park Clean-up: Jul 31, 2011 9AM-2PM

07/31/2011 - 9:00am
07/31/2011 - 2:00pm
Friends of Nadaka invites you to 'Get A Little Dirty'! Help us remove invasives and restore this unique urban habitat.  Clean-up schedule and info here!
Nadaka Nature Park, Gresham OR

Let's Get Dirty!

Volunteer opportunity

When: Sun, Jul 31, 2011 9AM-2PM
Where: Nadaka Nature Park
175th & NE Pacific St
Gresham OR
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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!

Clean-up 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 from Nadaka Nature Park, part of the Columbia Slough Watershed.

Rain or Shine! Come dressed for weather and help improve Nadaka Nature Park. Bring working gloves & a water bottle if you have them. Volunteer as long as you can. Coffee, juice, water & refreshments provided by Wilkes East Neighborhood.

Ever Wonder What Kind of Bird That Is? Free Bird Workshop: Apr 5, 2011 7PM-9:30PM

04/05/2011 - 7:00pm
04/05/2011 - 9:30pm
Ever Wonder What Kind of Bird That Is?, Free Bird Workshop: Apr 5, 2011 7PM-9:30PM. Info here!

When: Tue, Apr 5, 2011 7PM-9:30PM
Where: Gresham City Hall
Oregon Trail Room
1333 Eastman Pkwy
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Free Workshop

A free Songbird Identification class April 5 at City Hall will teach participants how to identify the most common songbirds found during peak birding months. James Davis, birding expert from Metro, will lead the class. Slides, sounds and specimens will be used to prepare birders for the bird-filled spring and summer months

Songbirds found in Oregon are not only beautiful to look at and listen to, but they can also tell us about the health of our environment. They are often travelers, coming from sometimes thousands of miles away to take advantage of our rich local environment.

Plants for the Planet. Proceeds for the Community. Native Plant Sale Sept 1-16, 2020. Order Here!

09/01/2020 - 7:00am
09/16/2020 - 7:59am

Fall Native Plant Sale - Gresham. Order online Sept 1 - 16, 2020. A portion of the proceeds supports Friends of Nadaka. Info here!

Plants for the Planet
Proceeds for the Community

  1. Place your order online at, between Sept 1 -16. Shop from a diverse selection of 80+ species of native plants from the comfort of your home.
  2. Pick-up pre-ordered plants at Gresham City Hall on Sat, Oct 3. All pick-ups will be physically-distanced & outdoor.
  3. Plant you plants. Double your impact. Sink your hands in the dirt - and feel great knowing that your new native plants enhance the habitat in your backyard, while a portion of the proceeds from your purchase supports Friends of Nadaka

Fall Native Plant Sale - Gresham. Order online Sept 1 - 26. A portion of the proceeds supports Friends of Nadaka. Info here!

Download the Wilkes East Neighborhood Summer 2020 Newsletter here!

Download the Wilkes East Neighborhood Summer 2020 Newsletter here! Wilkes East Neighborhood, Gresham Oregon USA. Diversity, Harmony, Community- Together 'WE' can make a difference.

2020 Summer Newsletter

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

Read it now!

Summer 2020 Newsletter

Inside This Issue:

  • An Inclusive Neighborhood
  • Columbia View Park Concept
  • Nature-Deficit Disorder
  • Coping During the Pandemic
  • Importance of Our Parks
  • Albertina Kerr Housing Update

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City of Gresham: Input on Columbia View Neighborhood Park’s Concept Plan

Tina Osterink, City of Gresham
Natural Resource Planner

In the spring of 2019, the City of Gresham began a process initiated by the City Council to identify potential recreation improvements for six undeveloped parks throughout the city. The parks identified for future improvements were two community parks and four neighborhood parks, including Columbia View Neighborhood Park.

This exploration of future improvements was initiated by the city to understand community desires for each park, capital costs for potential improvements, and maintenance needs if developed. Community feedback will help prioritize which park improvements will be implemented as funding becomes available.

Staff and a consultant team conducted on-site meetings, surveys and an open house throughout 2019. Community feedback was used to develop high level concept plans for all six undeveloped parks. The plans include a range of design and facility options for each park, including Columbia View Neighborhood Park.

Based on analysis of Columbia View’s unique existing conditions and feedback during public engagement meetings, the following concept plan was developed.

Columbia View neighborhood Park's Concept Plan
Columbia View Park's Concept Plan

Community feedback throughout 2019 noted opportunities for the park may include play structures for kids, designated off-leash dog areas, improved accessibility for all ages and abilities, education displays, and picnic areas. Constraints include maintenance, safety concerns, a lack of trash receptacles, and concerns with attracting too many people to neighborhood park. Additional feedback from nearby neighbors during a virtual meeting held in June 2020 is as follows:

  • Keep this neighborhood park in a natural state with limited upgrades.
  • Supportive of trails to improve access and a community garden but wanted staff to consider either eliminating the shelter and courts or at least move those items towards the school.
  • Consider natural long-lasting materials for an ADA perimeter path around the park.
  • Dog park located under chestnut trees hurt dog paws and in what is now informally known as “the fetch it zone”.
  • Some would prefer an off-leash area vs. fenced dog leash area.
  • Consider placing amenities closer to H.B. Lee Middle School but engage the school first.
  • Concern with picnic shelter location on upslope portion of park that interferes with backyard privacy and could contribute to real or perceived safety concerns.
  • Lack of police access into the SE portion of the park near potential amenity placement.
  • Further explore feasibility of providing secondary access off NE Pacific St.

During the June 2020 meeting, staff stressed the importance of balancing input from nearby neighbors with meeting the equity, opportunity and access needs for community members who live within the quarter-mile walking and biking service area.

Next steps in the outreach process include meeting with Community Based Organizations to gain their input on the concept plan for Columbia View Neighborhood Park, online review of the concept plan report from July 13 – August 31 and then convene on August 10 at the Wilkes East Neighborhood Association Meeting (online via Zoom).

Additional information can be found at the Parks Planning website and you can reach out to Tina Osterink at Tina.Osterink@GreshamOregon.Gov or by phone at (503) 618-2392.

Project website where the concept plans and draft report can be viewed:

Watershed Wide 2020: Sat, Mar 07, 2020 8:45AM-12PM

03/07/2020 - 8:45am
03/07/2020 - 12:00pm
Watershed Wide 2020: Sat, Mar 07, 2020 8:45AM-12PM. Grab Your Gloves! Info here!

Grab Your Gloves!

When: Sat, Mar 07, 2020 8:45AM-12PM
Where: Two locations in Gresham
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  • Plant, weed and mulch with us
  • Snacks, tools and lunch provided
  • Family-friendly event

Johnson Creek is urban, but it is home to a variety of wildlife, including threatened and endangered salmon. We will be working at ten locations along the 26-mile watershed in an effort to revitalize and protect this unique waterway. Find the location nearest you, come out and get your hands dirty, and enjoy a free lunch with us.

Gresham locations

For more information about this event, contact Courtney Beckel at or 503-652-7477, ext. 101.

Register to volunteer.

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