Nadaka Happenings, Completion of the Park

Nadaka Happenings, Completion of the Park. Grand Opening Celebration, Sat Apr 04, 2015 10AM-12PM. Find out what we're been up to, upcoming events and activities, and how to volunteer! Info here!

By Monica McAllister, Nadaka Nature Park Coordinator

What We Have Been Up To!
The year 2015 is off to a great start at Nadaka Nature Park and Garden. The final stages of the park’s natural play area and community garden are progressing beautifully. As of February, Verde has finished seeding the eco-lawn and planting of hundreds of native plants. In addition, ADA ramps into the play area, wooden benches, and berry trellises around the community garden have been completed. The parking lot of St. Aidan’s has recently received some much need TLC and has been partially paved with gravel to make it more accessible to the nature play area.

A big thanks to Alpha High School students who planted over 400 hundred plants in the rain gardens along NE Pacific Street February 23rd. The projected was funded by Federal CDBG funds and will be a great tool for teaching the community about how rain gardens work to improve the health of our watershed. Alpha High School will also be visiting Nadaka every other Tuesday to do stewardship and educational activities starting March 3rd. If you are in the area come and let them know they are doing a great job.

More below this break including a photo gallery!

2015 Reynolds School Bond Seeks Voter Support on May 19


2015 Reynolds School Bond Seeks Voter Support on May 19 ballot. $125M bond will improve district wide security, replace three schools, upgrade high school. Info here!
Reynolds School District seeks $125M bond for improved security, school replacements, upgrades

By Valerie Tewksbury
Citizens for Safe Reynolds Schools

Measure 26-143 asks Reynolds School District voters to approve a capital bond authorizing $125 million in construction on the May 19, 2015 ballot. This bond is projected to cost $1.56 per $1000, the same tax rate as our patrons’ 2014 Property Tax Bill.

The completion of these projects would improve the learning environment for thousands of our students. Modern spaces cost less to operate and the savings can be used to make additional improvements throughout the district.

SUN, After-school mentorship. Improving the lives of children, their families and the community


SUN - Schools Uniting Neighborhoods. Improving the lives of children, their families and the community. 27 community schools in North Clackamas and Multnomah County providing year-round mentorship in math, reading and enrichment. Info here!
SUN- Schools Uniting Neighborhoods. Year-round after-school mentorship in math, reading, science and more.

By Lee Orr, SUN Coordinator
HB Lee Middle School

The H.B. Lee MFS (Metropolitan Family Service) SUN (Schools Uniting Neighborhoods) Community School is one of 27 Community schools that MFS facilitates in North Clackamas and Multnomah County that provide year round extended day academic support and enrichment classes for almost 10,000 students every year. H.B. Lee serves over 350 students each week, of which 225 kids receive free meals and transportation. SUN academic classes include: Math and Reading Academy, Newcomer Academy (for ESL students,) Homework Club, and Study Center. The Newcomer Academy is supported by our partners at IRCO, who provide onsite, afterschool mentorship. We also feature Destination Imagination, a science challenge club offering students opportunities to hone their creative science skills as they tackle new team challenges each week.

Habitat for Humanity, Glisan Gardens Construction Begins

Habitat for Humanity Portland/Metro East breaks ground March 2015 on Glisan Gardens, located at 165th and northeast Glisan Street, in the Rockwood neighborhood. Info here!
Habitat for Humanity, Glisan Gardens, 165th & NE Glisan, Gresham OR. Click to enlarge

Habitat works with qualified, low-income families to help them realize the dream of owning their own home.

Building Homes, Building Lives.
This month, Habitat for Humanity Portland/Metro East breaks ground on Glisan Gardens, located at 165th and northeast Glisan Street, in the Rockwood neighborhood.

The City of Gresham helped Habitat purchase the large 1.64-acre lot, along with Housing and Urban Development HOME and SHOP program funds. The site will become 25 energy efficient homes to local, hardworking families who build and then buy their homes with a 0%-interest mortgage.

Albertina Kerr Project Phase II; Louise Renovation Update, March 2015

Albertina Kerr Project Phase 11; Louise Building $2.7M Update & Addition, March 2015. Info here!
Artist's concept: Louise Building New Addition, Gresham OR. Click to enlarge.

Phase II; Louise Building Update & Addition, March 2015
A message to our neighbors from Pam Krecklow, Real Estate & Construction Manager, Albertina Kerr:


I apologize that it has been a bit since I have touched base, been just a little busy. Have some great news though. We passed our final inspection (March 6, 2015) on the seismic work on the Louise Building. This work insures the building will be around for generations to come. We now move our focus to getting the old building ready for occupancy and getting the new addition up and running. We have new footings for the new foundation poured and are pouring the new foundation stem walls as I am typing. As always just one step at a time.

You no doubt have all noticed the work on the campus grounds, pretty hard not to notice it. But if you have been wondering, yes we are in full swing in regards to getting the new parking lots in place. The big holes in the two pasture areas are actually going to be bio swells. Since we are creating a lot of surface parking area City code requires us to provide areas with which to filter and mitigate storm water runoff and the bio swells do that. Don’t worry they aren’t as big as they appear right this minute, they will get smaller. Just have to remove more dirt than necessary to give the contractors room to work. They will be taking shape here in the next couple of weeks.

As for parking I know it is tight right this moment and it is going to get worse before it gets better, but we need to remember it is going to get better. When we are done we will have right at 200 formal parking spaces on Campus, YEAH! But until then it will remain interesting. Parking remains available in front of and in back of the Chapel, in the new Sub acute lot, and around the CI building. With parking being so tight I do need to ask every to be careful as people are walking around campus and also please remember to park courteously. Don’t take up two parking spaces but also please don’t park so close that someone can’t get into or out of their vehicle. Plus we need to make sure that circulation remain open to the Multnomah CI Building. This one is going to take us all to get through, so be ready.

As we get the new parking lots up and running we will be shifting parking to the new lots so that the front and back of Chapel lots can get created. As soon as I know when that is happening I will pass it along so we can get the transition to run as smoothly as is possible. In the meantime keep enjoying the weather.

If you have any questions, concerns, issues, or etc. please don't hesitate to give me a call.

Pam Krecklow
Albertina Kerr

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Wilkes East Neighborhood, Gresham Oregon USA. Diversity, Harmony, Community- Together we can make a difference. Learn more here!

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Wilkes East Neighborhood
2015 Spring Newsletter


  • Nadaka Nature Park, Grand Opening
  • Habitat, Glisan Gardens Construction
  • Reynolds Approves $125M Bond
  • HB Lee SUN School, Improving Lives
  • Earth Day Recycling Event, Apr 18th
  • Gresham DMV Now At 181st & Halsey
  • Neighborhood Clean-Up, Jun 27th

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