Friends of Nadaka

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2020 Spring Newsletter

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


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Spring 2020 Newsletter

Inside This Issue:

  • Pining for a Parks District
  • Albertina Kerr Housing Update
  • Wilkes East Land-Use Update
  • Glisan Street Lane Reduction

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Nadaka Nature Park future uncertain; community members call for dedicated recreation funding

Nadaka Nature Park won't have much of a reason to celebrate the new year.

Nadaka Nature Park future uncertain; community members call for dedicated recreation funding. Lee Dayfield said a parks district funding mechanism is the best option for maintaining Nadaka Nature Park, which lost its fiscal agent and programming at the end of 2019. Info here!
PMG PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER KEIZUR - Lee Dayfield said a parks district funding mechanism is the best option for maintaining Nadaka Nature Park, which lost its fiscal agent and programming at the end of 2019. Click to enlarge

By Christopher Keizur
Source: Gresham Outlook (Oct 18, 2019)

The beautiful green space in the heart of the Wilkes East Neighborhood will be empty after losing its fiscal agent — transforming what was once thought of as the model for future parks in Gresham into just another open area. Despite the work that has been poured into the park, residents will have less of a reason to visit than ever before.

"It almost makes me cry to walk through here and know all those kids won't be coming here to be educated," said Lee Dayfield. "This park was their backyard, playground and forest."

There is no better person to talk to about Nadaka Nature Park than Dayfield. She spearheaded the charge to transform her dream park into a reality. She overcame red tape and bureaucracy, founding Friends of Nadaka to help secure grants and other funding.

The Columbia Slough Watershed Council, a Portland-based organization, had supported the Gresham park since its inception. But with some changes to the board and executive director, the group has decided to focus on other projects.

The backing for Nadaka will end when the money runs dry, which is estimated to happen in January 2020. That means no more activities — from community cleanups to educational gatherings for local schoolchildren — that made the park so special.

"They were so strong and supportive of us for seven years," Dayfield said. "People will notice a big difference."

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Volunteer! MLK Day Planting Event, Nadaka Nature Park & Garden: Mon, Jan 20, 2020 8:45AM-1PM

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Volunteer! MLK Day Planting Event, Nadaka Nature Park & Garden: Mon, Jan 20, 2020 8:45AM-1PM. Info here!

Join Your Neighbors

When: Mon Jan 20, 2020 8:45AM-1PM
Where: Nadaka Nature Park & Garden
17615 NE Glisan St
Gresham, OR
Get Map!

MLK Day of Service
Join this special event on a Monday to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's legacy of service and justice by planting trees! We are excited to be hosting this work party where we will be removing weedy introduced and planting native trees and shrubs at Nadaka Nature Park. Nadaka Park is a 12 acre park that serves the diverse residents of East County with a community garden, natural play area, and picnic shelter, providing important access to nature.
Please arrive by 8:45am to sign-in and enjoy some breakfast treats and coffee, tea, or hot chocolate. The planting starts at 9:00am. We provide gloves, tools, and planting guidance -- all you need to do is show up dressed for the weather wearing sturdy shoes or boots, and be ready to have fun!

Under age 18? A signed youth waiver is required for youth to volunteer: www.friendsoftrees.org/youthwaiver. We ask that youth 15 years and younger are accompanied by an adult.

This event is in partnership with Friends of Nadaka Nature Park and with support from the Nature Conservancy and the Boeing Company.

More Info
Please contact Jenny, Pablo, and Carey at (503) 595-0213 or email volunteer@friendsoftrees.org if you have questions or need any further information. We look forward to seeing you out there!

Volunteer! Friends of Trees, Nadaka Nature Park Work Party: Sat Nov 23, 2019 9AM-1PM

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Volunteer! Friends of Trees, Nadaka Nature Park Work Party: Sat Nov 23, 2019 9AM-1PM. Gloves, tools and refreshment provided. 176th & NE Glisan, Gresham. Info here!

Volunteers Needed!

When: Sat Nov 23, 2019 9AM-1PM
Where: Nadaka Nature Park & Gardens
(Meet at Picnic Shelter)
17615 NE Glisan St
Gresham Or 97230
Get Map!

Join Your Neighbors!
We are teaming up with Friends of Trees to so some major habitat restoration work at Nadaka!

We need help removing invasive weeds and planting hundreds of young native trees and shrubs throughout the park. Please arrive by 8:45am to sign-in and enjoy some breakfast treats and coffee, tea, or hot chocolate.

We provide gloves, tools, and planting guidance. Please dress for the weather!

See ya there!

Join Friend of Nadaka for Monica McAllister's Send-Off Party: Fri Feb 22, 2019 5PM-7PM

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Great Job Monica!

When: Fri Feb 22, 2019 5PM-7PM
Where: St Aidan's Episcopal Church
17405 NE Glisan
Get Map!

Help us Say Thank You!
Friend of Nadaka's incredible Park Coordinator, Monica McAllister, recently left her position at Nadaka to begin a new adventure as the Community Connectons Liaison with East Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District. Join us in thanking her for her years of service at Nadaka Nature Park and the surrounding communities by sending her off in style with an evening of food, friends, and fun!

Everyone is welcome! Stop by and say goodbye to Monica and wish her well.

RSVP to info@griendsofnadaka.org

Let's Get Dirty! No Ivy Day Cleanup at Nadaka Nature Park: Sat, Oct 28, 2017 9AM-12PM

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No Ivy Day Cleanup at Nadaka Nature Park: Sat, Oct 28, 2017 9AM-12PM. Get Your Green On!. Info here!

Get Your Green On!

When: Sat, Oct 28, 2017 9AM-12PM
Where: Nadaka Nature Park
17615 NE Glisan Street
Get Map!

Join Friends of Nadaka to restore a healthy habitat at Nadaka Nature Park Saturday on Oct. 28 from 9:00 am to noon. We will be removing invasive species such as English Ivy from the 10-acre forested portion of the park.

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 & potentially planting native plants.

Registration opens Oct. 1 at friendsofnadaka.org.

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

Free! Join us at the 5th Annual Nadaka Community Festival: Sat Aug 22, 2015 Noon-3PM

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Everyone is invited to the 5th Annual Nadaka Community Festival, Sat Aug 22, 2015 Noon-3PM. 17600 NE Glisan St, Gresham OR. Free hot dogs while they last, fun activities for children and families, live music and dancing. Free Interpretive Nature Walk with the Audubon Society of Portland Sat Aug 22, 2015 9-10AM. Interested in volunteering? We would love your help! Contact Monica, Nadaka Coordinator, at monica(at)friendsofnadaka.org or 503-956-8558

Birding Walk with Portland Audubon, Nadaka Nature Park: Sat May 23, 2015 10AM-11AM

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Birding Walk with Portland Audubon, Nadaka Nature Park: Sat May 23, 2015 10AM-11AM. Info here!

What's In Your Backyard!

When: Sat May 23, 2015 10AM-11AM
Where: Nadaka Nature Park
176th & NE Glisan St
Gresham OR
Get map!

Become A Bird Watcher!
Guided bird walk through Nadaka Nature Park. Family friendly event for beginner to advanced bird watchers.

Bring your own binoculars & field guides if possible, Binoculars will be provided to those who need them. Nadaka Bird Brochure will be available.

Get your Green on! Nadaka Community Festival Clean-up Event: Sat Aug 03, 2013 9AM-Noon

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Nadaka Community Festival Clean-up Event

Get your Green on! Nadaka Community Festival Clean-up Event: Sat Aug 03, 2013 9AM-Noon. Info here!
Nadaka Nature Park, Gresham OR

Let's Get Dirty!

When: Sat, Aug 03, 2012 9AM-Noon
Where: Nadaka Nature Park
176th & NE Glisan St
Gresham OR
Get Map!

Friends of Nadaka have received grants for the development of the Nadaka Nature Park which requires matching volunteer hours so your support is needed and greatly appreciated. See you at the park!

Event info
Nadaka Community Festival Clean-up Event. Be prepared to get a little dirty and to have fun by supporting and volunteering with Friends of Nadaka and Wilkes East Neighborhood Association.

Bring working gloves & a water bottle if you have them. Volunteer as long as you can. Drinks and snacks will be provided for volunteers.

Celebrate Father’s Day at Nadaka Park- Volunteer Event: Sat, Jun 15, 9AM-1PM

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Celebrate Father’s Day at Nadaka Nature Park- Volunteer Event: Jun 15, 9AM-1PM

Father's Day
Volunteer Event

When: Sat Jun 15, 2013 9AM-1PM
Where: Nadaka Nature Park
175th & NE Pacific St
Gresham, OR
Get Map!

Bring Your Dad!
In honor of Father’s Day why not spend the morning at Nadaka Park on Saturday, June 15th helping cleanup the park by removing invasives, clearing weeds from the future community garden and begin moving the boulders out along NE Glisan.

The Army Reservists will be there to do the boulder moving but there will be a lot to do in the park. Cleanup activities will begin at 9AM and end around 1PM.

Come dressed for the weather and we will have work gloves, shovels, and other equipment needed for the cleanup. Refreshments will be provided for volunteers. Bring your Dad or any other special person.

This event is sponsored by Friends of Nadaka Park with support from the Columbia Watershed Council. Learn more about Friends of Nadaka Park at http://friendsofnadaka.org/

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