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Download the Wilkes East Neighborhood Spring 2020 Newsletter here!

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

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

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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Wilkes East residents are encouraged to submit articles and tips for the newsletter. Articles should be limited to 300-500 words and may be subject to editing Include a related photo. Send by email to chair@wilkeseastna.org, or by postal mail to: 17104 NE Oregon St • Portland OR 97230.

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 chair@wilkeseastna.org.

Albertina Kerr Workforce and Inclusive Housing Project Update, February 2020

Albertina Kerr Workforce and Inclusive Housing Project Update, February 2020. Gresham campus. Construction starts August 2020. Completion September 2021. Info here!
Albertina Kerr Workforce and Inclusive Housing. Entry, Gresham campus. Click to enlarge.

By: Jeff Carr
CEO, Albertina Kerr
www.albertinakerr.org/

Albertina Kerr continues to move forward and make progress on its Workforce and Inclusive Housing Project to be located on the Gresham campus at 722 NE 162 Avenue. The project will include 150 units, from studios to 3 bedrooms. Since the November Wilkes East Neighborhood meeting where a presentation was made, significant progress has been made:

  • Site due diligence was completed in December 2019 (Geotech, surveying, arborist report)
  • A Design Review Consult was completed with the City of Gresham Community Design Review Committee in December 2019
  • 100% Schematic Design was completed in early January 2020
    Submittals were completed for land use review in early January 2020
  • Albertina Kerr hit the $1 million private fundraising mark in December 2020 and only needs $200,000 more in private donations to hit the total goal of $1.2 million in private donations.

One significant change since the November meeting is that we have decided to pursue making the building “net zero” from an energy use standpoint, which means we will be adding enhancements to make the entire building more energy efficient and producing energy via solar panels to provide enough energy to operate the entire building year-round.

The current timeline for the project is as follows:

Goal Date
Complete 100% schematic design January-2020 - Done
Submit for land use January-2020 - Done
Complete 50% design development February-2020
Land use public hearing March-2020
Complete 100% design development April-2020
Update hard cost & proforma May-2020
Land use approval May-2020
Submit for building permit May-2020
Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP) July-2020
Permit Issued August-2020
Construction Start August-2020
Construction Complete September-2021

We continue to be excited about this project and what it will mean for direct care workers at Albertina Kerr and others who care for some of the most vulnerable members of our community.

Architect Images

Alberina Kerr Workforce and Inclusive Housing. Gresham campus. NE 162nd Ave view. Click to enlarge
NE 162nd Ave view. Click to enlarge
Alberina Kerr Workforce and Inclusive Housing. Greshma campus. NE Holladay St view. Click to enlarge
NE Holladay St view. Click to enlarge

About Albertine Kerr
For more than 100 years, Albertina Kerr has been caring for Oregon’s most vulnerable citizens. Over the decades, our services have evolved to meet the community’s needs. While these needs have changed, the values of our expert caregivers remain constant: compassion, commitment, collaboration, and advocacy.

Today, Kerr empowers people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), mental health challenges, and other social barriers to lead self-determined lives and reach their full potential. We provide comprehensive crisis and preventative mental health care for children and teens, as well as a full range of services for children and adults with IDD.

Learn more at www.albertinakerr.org

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."

Click "Read more" (below) to continue reading this article.

TriMet schedules paper ticket exchanges, Troutdale Library: Tue May 21, 2019 3:30PM-6:00PM

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TriMet schedules paper ticket exchanges, Troutdale Library: Tue May 21, 2019 3:30PM-6:00PM. Exchange for new Hop FastPass. Info here!

Switch to the Hop Fastpass

When: Tue May 21, 2019 3:30PM-6:00PM
Where: Troutdale Library
2451 SW Cherry Park Rd
Troutdale, OR
Get Map!

The regional transit agency is ending paper and mobile tickets.
Source: The Gresham Outlook, May 01, 2019

TriMet is phasing out paper and mobile tickets but giving riders several opportunities to exchange the ones in their possessions for equal value on a Hop Fastpass card.

The regional transit agency is hosting a series of events in its service district where exchanges can be made. The next one is Tuesday, May 14, from 3:30PM to 6:00PM at the Troutdale Library, 2451 SW Cherry Park Rd, Troutdale.

Unvalidated, foil-stamped tickets and passes can be exchanged in person In person at the TriMet Ticket Office located in Pioneer Courthouse Square, 701 SW 6th Ave, Portland, Monday through Friday, 8:30AM to 5:30PM.

Unvalidated mobile tickets are also accepted.

The deadline for exchanges is Dec 31, 2019. You can learn more at https://trimet.org/fares/ticketexchange.htm

City of Gresham Earth Day 2019 Recycling Event: Sat, Apr 20, 2019 9AM-2PM

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City of Gresham Earth Day 2019 Recycling Event: Sat, Apr 20, 2019 9AM-2PM. Earth Day Everyday - Recycle. Info here!

Earth Day Everyday - Recycle

When: Sat, Apr 20, 2019 9AM-2PM
Where: Gresham City Hall
1333 NW Eastman Pky
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The City will hold its annual recycling event in celebration of Earth Day. This event is free to Gresham and Wood Village residents (businesses may only participate in recycling fluorescents).

Items that can be recycled or donated

Volunteer

We are also looking for volunteers for this year's event. Tasks may include directing traffic, handing out flyers, unloading materials from automobiles and sorting materials.

Sign up to volunteer.

More information

Free household hazardous waste collection events:

Metro 2019 Neighborhood Collection Schedule

  • May 04 - Gresham City Hall, 9AM-2PM
  • May 18 - Mt Hood Community College, Lot N, 9AM-2PM
  • Jun 15 - Gresham City Hall, 9AM-2PM

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
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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

Public Invited. Nadaka Park Community Safety Meeting: Wed Aug 30, 2017 7-9PM

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Public Invited. Nadaka Park Community Safety Meeting: Wed Aug 30, 2017 7-9PM. Public agencies discuss safety issues at the Park and what the community can do to help. Info here!

When: Wed Aug 30, 2017 7-9PM
Where: St Aidan’s Episcopal Church
17405 NE Glisan
Gresham OR
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Share your concerns & suggestions

Meeting to discuss safety issues at Nadaka Nature Park. Public is invited.

Speakers to include Gresham Police Dept., CVIP (Citizen Volunteers in Police), NET (Neighborhood Enforcement Team), Gresham Mediation Specialist, Gresham Parks Dept. representative, Wilkes East Neighborhood Association representative, Friends of Nadaka, Nadaka Ambassadors, St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church members.

This will be an opportunity to discuss safety issues at the Park and what the community can do to get involved and make things better.

Sponsored by Friends of Nadaka. Visit us online at friendsofnadaka.org or on Facebook.

City of Gresham, Gresham Task Force on Homelessness June 28 Meeting: Tue Jun 28, 2016 6:30PM-7:30PM

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City of Gresham, Gresham Task Force on Homelessness June 28 Meeting: Tue Jun 28, 2016 6:30PM-7:30PM. Get involved, make a difference. Info here!

Get Involved, Make A Difference

When: Tue Jun 28, 2016 6:30PM-7:30PM
Where: Gresham City Hall
Conference Center
1333 NW Eastman Parkway
Gresham, OR
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The Gresham Task Force on Homelessness will examine the scope of the growing homelessness problem in Gresham, identify potential solutions and help define how the City can play a role in addressing this complex societal issue.

The group will meet on the following dates:

  • June 14
  • June 28
  • July 12
  • July 26
  • Aug. 9
  • Aug. 23
  • Sept. 13
  • Sept. 27

For more information about this event contact Joe Walsh at 503-618-2372 or Joe.Walsh@GreshamOregon.gov.

Reynolds School District 2015 Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees Banquet: Sat Nov 21, 2015 5:30P

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Reynolds School District 2015 Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees Banquet: Sat Nov 21, 2015 5:30PM. Info Here!

Reynolds School District 2015
Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees

When: Sat Nov 21, 2015 5:30PM
Where: Gresham National Armory
544 NE Division St
Gresham OR
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The Reynolds School District is proud to announce the 2015 class of inductees to the Athletics Hall of Fame:

  • Clem “Spaz” Hancock (1960 – 1997)
  • Jim Miller (1968 – 1972)
  • Steve Raze (1986 – 1990)
  • Sue Tuggle (1981 – 1985)
  • The 1989-90 Reynolds Boys Soccer Team

(Inductee details below page break)

This year’s banquet will be held on Saturday, November 21, 2015, at the Gresham National Guard Armory. The evening will begin with a no-host social and silent auction at 5:30pm, followed by a sit-down dinner. After dinner is served, the inductees will be introduced and recognized for their tremendous contributions to the Reynolds School District athletics program. This year’s major banquet sponsors are Barclay Events and the Skyland Pub.

Tickets for this year’s banquet are $30 per plate, with reserved tables of eight available for $240. Tickets may be purchased online at: www.reynolds.k12.or.us/rhs/reynolds-school-district-athletic-hall-fame-class-2015

For more info contact Shauna Stanfill at: rhs_athleticboosters@yahoo.com

Gresham Police accepting applications for the Citizen Volunteers in Policing (CVIP): Deadline Fri Sep 18, 2015

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Gresham Police accepting applications for the Citizen Volunteers in Policing (CVIP): Deadline Fri Sep 18, 2015. Info here!

Apply Yourself

Deadline: Fri Sep 18, 2015 5PM
Position: Citizen Volunteer in Policing
City of Gresham

Citizens making a positive difference in our community

The Police Department is accepting applications for the Citizen Volunteers in Policing (CVIP) program until 5PM Sep 18, 2015.

Interested citizens can download a volunteer application or pick up an application at the Police Department. Completed applications should be submitted to the Police Department.

Gresham’s Citizen Volunteers in Policing are the eyes and ears of the Police Department and create a visible presence in our parks, trails, residential areas and commerce centers. Volunteers do not carry weapons, confront suspects, or participate in altercations; they observe and report.

Volunteer criteria

  • Must be 21 years of age and older.
  • Must live or own a business within the city limits of Gresham.
  • Must pass a DMV and criminal background check.
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