Big changes at Nadaka Nature Park

Wilkes East Neighborhood Nadaka Park Planting & Invasive Plant Removal Project

New sign, new plants,
invasive species removal

Get a litte dirty.
Join us for a park cleanup!

New plants added

There is a lot going on at Nadaka Nature Park, NE 176th Ave & NE Pacific St
(Click here for a map). In addition to removing invasives at WENA's March 8th park cleanup, the entire front along NE Pacific St was cleaned up outside the fence. Also 130 native plants and trees were planted along the NE Pacific St side of the park.

Here's a list of what was planted:

  • Big Leaf Maple
  • Western Red Cedar
  • Western Hemlock
  • Cherry Trees
  • Vine Maple
  • Cascara
  • Indian Plum
  • Blue Elderberry
  • Red Elderberry
  • Serviceberry
  • Salmonberry

New sign, barbed wire removed

The new Nadaka Park sign should be installed within a month. WENA was able to purchase the new sign along with removing the barbed wire on NE Pacific St with a grant obtained last year. This year WENA's Friends of Nadaka group has applied for a Metro Nature in Neighborhood grant for improvements to Nadaka which we should find out about in May. This is a matching grant 1:1 so we will need volunteer help as well as in-kind donations. Interested parties should contact Lee Dayfield by email at

Capri Terrace holds Spring 2009 Neighborhood Watch meeting

Capri Terrace holds Spring 2009 Neighborhood Watch meeting. Start your watch group today!

Shamrock & Springtime

Luncheon has 99.9% turnout.
Near-zero crime reported

Great turnout, great entertainment

99.9% of the Capri Terrace Watch Group along with 2 new households gathered for their first quarterly meeting of 2009. 2 families had phoned indicating they were ill and couldn't make it (they missed a good time). Billy & Laurie Simmon's along with their twin daughters Alex & Andie hosted a lovely Shamrock & Springtime luncheon/dinner. 13.5 lbs of stew meat (none was left-over) was prepared for the occasion along with lots of desserts and salads. A huge display of Easter Egg cupcakes fit for an Easter Bunny King were seen brightening up a very windy, but sunny day. We also were entertained with some Irish Violin music by Laurie & Alex Simmon's.

More troubles for Reynolds. State ethics board to investigate two former, one current Reynolds employee

More troubles for Reynolds.  State ethics board will investigate two former, one current Reynolds School District employees

Medical bills draw scrutiny.

Complaints filed against a current and two former school district administrators

Source: The Oregonian: Saturday, March 14, 2009

The state ethics commission will investigate one current and two former Reynolds School District employees for allegedly using district money to pay for unnecessary medical procedures that included cosmetic surgery and Viagra prescriptions.

The commission is responding to complaints filed by Reynolds Superintendent Robert Fisher against former Superintendent Terry Kneisler, former Human Resources Director Wayne Travillion and current Salish Ponds Elementary Principal Ed Smith.

A factor in the budget crisis?

The complaints allege that Kneisler's bills, totaling $15,000, included massages, cosmetic dental work, Viagra prescriptions and laser eye surgery for himself and his daughter.

Reynolds School District board to cut $10M, host budget cut input sessions

Reynolds School District to cut $10M from proposed 2009-2010 budget. Public comments wanted: Mar 16th, Apr 1st

District to cut $10M from proposed 2009-2010 budget with staff and program reductions

Public input: Mar 16th, Apr 1st

The Reynolds School Board has set two dates to receive public input regarding recommendations to reduce the 2009-2010 budget with proposed staffing and program cuts totaling $10 million.

Click here to view the proposed budget cuts!

Public Input Wanted

Don't miss this important opportunity to have your voice heard! Our children's future depends on your participation.

  • Monday, March 16, 2009 6:30PM
    HB Lee Middle School Gymnasium
    1121 NE 172nd Avenue, Gresham

  • Wednesday, April 1, 2009 6:30PM
    Reynolds High School Multipurpose Room
    1698 SW Cherry Park Road, Troutdale

“The Board invites parents, patrons and staff to fully participate in this process to shape the services received by the students within Reynolds School District,” officials said in a statement.

Healthy Septic Systems Workshop in Gresham: Feb 25, 2009

02/25/2009 - 7:00pm
02/25/2009 - 9:00pm
East Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District: We help people care for their land

Free Workshop!
Healthy Septic Systems Workshop
Mt Hood Community College
Wednesday, Feb 25th 7PM-9PM

When: Wednesday, February 25, 2009 7PM - 9PM
Where: Mt Hood Community College
26000 S.E. Stark St
Gresham, Oregon 97030

East Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District is offering a FREE and very informative Healthy Septic Systems Workshop in Gresham, February 25th! Join us and learn how a little preventative maintenance can go a long way.

Healthy Septic Systems

Is your septic system a mystery to you? Attend this free workshop and learn how to care for your septic system, prevent messy sewage backups, and avoid expensive repairs with basic septic tank maintenance. Local septic system professional Alex Amauck and septic inspectors Mike Ebeling and Erin Mick from the Bureau of Development Services will present and answer your questions. This workshop is presented by East Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District.

Register online at or contact Katie Meckes, Outreach Coordinator, EMSWCD at 503-935-5368, or email You can also come early and register on the day of the workshop. Space is limited. Registration is on a first come first served basis.

WENA Semi-Annual Meeting: Feb 16, 2009

02/16/2009 - 7:00pm

Everyone's invited!

Wilkes East Neighborhood
Semi-Annual Meeting
Monday Feb 16th 7PM

Join Your Neighbors -- Get involved. Make a difference!

When: Monday, February 16, 2009 7:00PM
Where: H B Lee Middle School
1121 NE 172nd Ave
Click here for map

Be sure to save Monday, February 16th at 7:00 PM for WENA’s Semi-Annual Meeting. This years meeting will be held at H B Lee Middle School, 1121 NE 172nd Ave (between Glisan & Halsey), Portland, Oregon.

Meeting Topics

  • Gresham Recycling
    Karen Guillen-Chapman, Coordinator
  • Curb Extensions on NE 172nd Ave
    between Halsey & Glisan
  • Friends of Trees Comes to Gresham
    Elizabeth Elbel, Friends of Trees
  • Nadaka Park Progress Report
    Cleanups & Grant status
    Lee Dayfield, Friends of Nadaka
  • Upcoming neighborhood events
  • And more!

Everyone's Invited to Attend!

This meeting is open to all residents and businesses in the Wilkes East Neighborhood! Be A Part Of Your Community, Plan To Attend.

The Wilkes East Neighborhood is located in the Northwest corner of the City of Gresham, Oregon, and is one of Gresham's sixteen neighborhoods. Wilkes East Neighborhood borders are roughly NE Sandy Boulevard to the north, NE 181st Ave to the east, NE Glisan Street to the south, and NE 162nd Ave to the west. Click here for a map of the Wilkes East Neighborhood.

Mark your calendar and plan to attend this important meeting.

181st Corridor Signal Improvements Coming Spring 2009

181st Corridor Signal Improvements: Spring 2009.

181st Corridor Signal Improvements Coming Spring 2009

Smart signals, wider turns to relieve traffic congestion

The 181st Avenue Corridor project is intended to increase existing street capacity and support new industrial businesses within the Urban Renewal Area, and is supported by the Wilkes East Neighborhood and the Rockwood Business Coalition.

Reason for the project

181st Avenue provides the only connection to Interstate-84 within Gresham city limits. As the areas to the south develop, including Pleasant Valley and Damascus, this corridor will grow more congested because it provides the nearest freeway access. The redevelopment potential of the Wilkes East and North Gresham neighborhoods, including the industrial portion of the Rockwood-West Gresham Urban Renewal Area, will be hampered (without improvement) as intersections on 181st near the freeway reach capacity.

Smart signals, wider turns, and a crosswalk closure are expected to relieve traffic congestion through this busy area.

Neighborhood Connections: Jan 2009

City of Gresham: Neighborhood Connections Nov 2008

City of Gresham News, Community Activities, Workshops & More

Neighborhood Connections is a publication from the City of Gresham Communications & Community Outreach offering City of Gresham news, Public Safety information, Community Activities & Events, Training & Workshops, Volunteer Opportunities, and more.

Inside this Issue...

For more information, visit the Neighborhood Associations page at or contact Cathy Harrington at 503-618-2482, or email

Johnson Creek Watershed Wide Event: Mar 7th, 2009

03/07/2009 - 9:00am
03/07/2009 - 12:00pm
Johnson Creek Watershed Wide Event: Mar 7th, 2009

Join Us!
Johnson Creek
Watershed Wide Event Mar 7th
10 Locations!

When: Saturday, March 7, 2009 9AM-12PM
Where: 10 Locations
Johnson Creek Watershed
Portland & Gresham

Watershed Wide Event

Please join us for our 11th Annual Watershed Wide Event with hundreds of volunteers working together to restore a valuable community resource we all share -- Johnson Creek.

Volunteers will gather at 10 different restoration sites throughout the watershed to remove invasive species and plant native plants.

Historically, this has been a very popular event; please sign up early! Register now!

Let's Get Dirty! Nadaka Park Cleanup: Sunday March 8th 9AM-3PM

03/08/2009 - 9:00am
03/08/2009 - 3:00pm
Wilkes East Neighborhood Nadaka Park Cleanup, Sunday Mar 8, 2009 9AM-3PM

Goodbye Winter -- Hello Spring!
Bring your gloves, and join the fun!

Nadaka Park Clean-Up
Sunday, March 8th 9AM-3PM

When: Sunday Mar 8, 2009 9:00AM - 3:00PM
Where: Nadaka Park
NE 176th Ave and NE Pacific St
(Click here for a map)
Gresham, OR

Cleanup Info

On Sunday, March 8th from 9AM to 3PM the Wilkes East Neighborhood will be holding another cleanup at Nadaka Park. Winter storms have left a mess in our parks. Come on by, and give us a hand! Spend all day, or whatever time you can. Dress warmly. Bring your gloves, clippers, and yard tools.

If you haven't seen Nadaka Park lately you owe it to yourself to see the many improvements!

About Nadaka Park

Nadaka Park is a lovely 10-acre parcel of "natural area" that includes a walking trail loop, tall trees, native plants, and a beautiful grassy meadow. Nadaka is located in the Wilkes East Neighborhood just north of NE Glisan St. The only public entrance to the park is on NE Pacific St at NE 176th Ave. Directions: from either NE 172nd Ave, or NE 181st Ave, take NE Pacific St to NE 176th Ave. Parking is curbside. Enter through the main gate.

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