Friends of Nadaka

Download the Wilkes East Neighborhood Spring 2018 Newsletter here!

Download the Wilkes East Neighborhood Spring 2018 Newsletter here! Wilkes East Neighborhood, Gresham Oregon USA. Diversity, Harmony, Community- Together 'WE' can make a difference.

2018 Spring Newsletter

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


Read it now!

Inside This Issue:

 

  • Rick’s Fencing moving to Wilkes East
  • What Are You Most Concerned About?
  • TriMet Safe Travel Tips
  • Happenings at Nadaka Nature Park
  • Local Business Spotlight
  • Earth Day Recycling: Apr 28, 9AM-2PM

Download your copy here. (includes active web links)

Newsletters are a regular publication of the Wilkes East Neighborhood Association. They are hand-delivered to over 1,500 residences and businesses in our area 3 times per year, timed to correspond with our regular meetings.

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Got a story or tip to share?
Wilkes East residents are encouraged to submit articles and tips for the newsletter. Articles should be limited to 300-350 words and may be subject to editing. Send by email to info@wilkeseastna.org, or by postal mail to: PO Box 536 • Fairview, OR 97024.

Volunteers Needed
Newsletters are hand-delivered to Wilkes East residents and businesses by neighborhood volunteers. There are always routes that need delivery people. Routes are small and many. We can always use your help.
To volunteer contact info@wilkeseastna.org.

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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Read it now!

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)

Newsletters are a regular publication of the Wilkes East Neighborhood Association. They are hand-delivered to over 1,500 residences and businesses in our area 3 times per year, timed to correspond with our regular meetings.

View archive   |   Policy & Ad Rates

Got a story or tip to share?
Wilkes East residents are encouraged to submit articles and tips for the newsletter. Articles should be limited to 300-350 words and may be subject to editing. Send by email to info@wilkeseastna.org, or by postal mail to: PO Box 536 • Fairview, OR 97024.

Volunteers Needed
Newsletters are hand-delivered to Wilkes East residents and businesses by neighborhood volunteers. There are usually routes that need delivery people. Routes are small and many. We can always use your help.
To volunteer contact info@wilkeseastna.org.

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

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!

Download the Wilkes East Neighborhood Summer 2017 Newsletter here!

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

2017 Summer Newsletter

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


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Read it now!

Inside This Issue:

 

  • Rockwood Town Center Awaits Approval
  • Come Visit Zimmerman House
  • Backyard Habitat, Providing Community
  • Nadaka Update, Happenings & More
  • Neighborhood Meeting, Aug 14th 7PM

Download your copy here. (includes active web links)

Newsletters are a regular publication of the Wilkes East Neighborhood Association. They are hand-delivered to over 1,500 residences and businesses in our area 3 times per year, timed to correspond with our regular meetings.

View archive   |   Policy & Ad Rates

Got a story or tip to share?
Wilkes East residents are encouraged to submit articles and tips for the newsletter. Articles should be limited to 300-350 words and may be subject to editing. Send by email to info@wilkeseastna.org, or by postal mail to: PO Box 536 • Fairview, OR 97024.

Volunteers Needed
Newsletters are hand-delivered to Wilkes East residents and businesses by neighborhood volunteers. There are usually routes that need delivery people. Routes are small and many. We can always use your help.
To volunteer contact info@wilkeseastna.org.

Nadaka Nature Park Community Planting Event: Sat Feb 25, 2017 9AM-12PM

02/25/2017 - 9:00am
02/25/2017 - 12:00pm
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Join In. Get Your Green On! Nadaka Nature Park Community Planting Event: Sat Feb 25, 2017 9AM-12PM. Tools & gloves provided. Sign-up Here!

Help Us Plant Native Shrubs

When: Sat Feb 25, 2017 9AM-12PM
Where: Nadaka Nature Park & Gardens
(Meet at the picnic shelter)
17615 NE Glisan St
Get Map!

Looking for a way to get outside and make a difference in your community? Join Friends of Nadaka for our Community Planting Event to restore a healthy habitat at Nadaka Nature Park. Volunteers will be planting native shrubs like Oregon Grape, Thimbleberry, and Oceanspray. Native plantings help filter pollutants, provide shade, and improve fish and wildlife habitat.

Tools, plants, gloves, and light refreshments will be provided. Dress to work in natural areas: long pants, warm cloths, and closed-toe sturdy shoes. Please bring a water bottle and a friend!

REGISTER HERE, or call 503-956-8558.

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.

Free! Guided Bird & Nature Walk, Nadaka Nature Park: Nov 11, 2016 9-10AM

11/15/2016 - 9:00am
11/15/2016 - 10:00am
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Free! Bird & Nature Walk With Audubon of Portland, Nadaka Nature Park: Sat Nov 11, 2016 9-10AM. Info here!

Let's Go Bird Watching!

When: Sat Nov 11, 2016 9AM-10AM
Where: Nadaka Nature Park & Gardens
175th & NE Glisan
Gresham OR
Get Map
Cost: Free!

Join Friends of Nadaka and Audubon for a guided nature walk through Nadaka Nature Park. This is a family friendly event for beginner & advance bird watchers/ naturalists. Bring your own binoculars & field guides if possible. (Binoculars will be provided for those who do not own binoculars)

Friends of Nadaka Unites a Gresham Neighborhood to Create a Park

Friends of Nadaka Unites a Gresham Neighborhood to Create a Park. Complete with bird walks, play spaces, and a community garden—and soon Gresham’s first handicapped-accessible swing. Read more here!

Complete with bird walks, play spaces, and a community garden—and soon Gresham’s first handicapped-accessible swing.

Source: Portland Monthly Magazine (November 2016)

One spring morning in 2007, Lee Dayfield took her dog for a walk. As she passed an empty field, she saw a sign that would forever change her life. It read “for sale.”

The desolate plot of grass sat next to 10 acres ringed by a chain-link fence and barbed wire. Where others may have seen a $900,000 meadow, Dayfield saw a two-acre opportunity: a nature-based play area for the Gresham neighborhood’s children, many of them Native American.

Free! Guided Bird & Nature Walk, Nadaka Nature Park: Sat Oct 15, 2016 9-10AM

10/15/2016 - 9:00am
10/15/2016 - 10:00am
Etc/GMT-8
Free! Bird & Nature Walk With Audubon of Portlan, Nadaka Nature Park: Sat Oct 15, 2016 9-10AM. Info here!
Golden crowned Kinglet

Let's Go Bird Watching!

When: Sat Oct 15, 2016 9AM-10AM
Where: Nadaka Nature Park & Gardens
175th & NE Glisan
Gresham OR
Get Map
Cost: Free!

Join Friends of Nadaka and Audubon for a guided nature walk through Nadaka Nature Park. This is a family friendly event for beginner & advance bird watchers/ naturalists. Bring your own binoculars & field guides if possible. (Binoculars will be provided for those who do not own binoculars)

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