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01/12/2023

Community Workshop #2 for the North Portland Aquatic Center | Tuesday, January 24th 5:30pm-7:30pm.

Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) is hosting Community Workshop #2 for the North Portland Aquatic Center (NPAC) project on Tuesday, January 24, 2023 at Charles Jordan Community Center from 5:30pm-7:30pm.

Hello, Friends of North Portland Aquatic Center- PLEASE JOIN US TUESDAY, JANUARY 24, 2023 FROM 5:30-7:30PM!  Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) is hosting Community Workshop #2 for the North Portland Aquatic Center (NPAC) project on Tuesday, January 24, 2023 at Charles Jordan Community Center from 5:30pm-7:30pm. What: North Portland Aquatic Center (NPAC) - Community Workshop #2 When: Tuesday, January 24, 2023, 5:30pm-7:30pm Where: Charles Jordan Community Center, 9009 N. Foss Ave, Portland, OR, 97203 This event is charette style in small group discussions. We are looking forward to your attendance from 5:30pm-7:30pm to:

  • Hear a summary of what we learned from the community at Community Workshop #1 (December 10, 2022)

  • See preliminary "test fit" renderings for each candidate site - This allows us to demonstrate what a facility of this size would look like on each of the 5 candidate sites

  • Share your thoughts and priorities, in small group discussions, about what criteria are most important to prioritize in selecting the preferred site of the future North Portland Aquatic Center

  • Share your thoughts and priorities, in small group discussions, about what programming elements are most important to include in the future North Portland Aquatic Center

The focus of this event will be finalizing the site selection criteria that will narrow our NPAC candidate sites from 5 sites (currently) to 3 sites. Our design team will then begin preparing schematic design renderings for each of the 3 final candidate sites. These renderings will be shared at Community Workshop #3 in April.

Advance registration is not required, but you can RSVP at the link below to help us plan ahead and add the NPAC Community Workshop #2 to your personal calendar.  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/north-portland-aquatic-center-community-workshop-2-tickets-485415449677 If you have any questions about the North Portland Aquatic Center project or Community Workshop #2, please contact Ken Rumbaugh at ken.rumbaugh@portlandoregon.gov 

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North Portland Aquatic Center News: Pier Park has been removed from consideration as a candidate site for the future North Portland Aquatic Center (NPAC) Pier Park has been removed from consideration as a candidate site for the NPAC. Pier Park has received two Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) grants (LWCF #41-00423 and LWCF #41-01560). With any LWCF grant, if any part of the property is altered to a use other than public outdoor recreation, a conversion will be triggered and the only way to resolve a conversion is by acquiring replacement property of equal or greater fair market value, and equal or greater recreational utility directly adjacent to the existing park boundary. As we are targeting a footprint of development of potentially 2 to 3 acres in size, our options for acquisition of 2 to 3 acres of land adjacent to Pier Park and conversion to open space for park use are extremely limited if not impossible. This would have presented a schedule delay to acquire land, additional costs for land acquisition, and additionally, a schedule delay and additional costs to coordinate with the federal government on a conversion process to unhinge LWCF grant requirements on a Pier Park development area. For these reasons, Pier Park was removed from consideration as a candidate site.

This takes the candidate site list from 6 sites to 5 sites. The 5 remaining candidate sites are Columbia Park, Columbia Park Annex, Northgate Park, St. Johns Park (adjacent to St. Johns Community Center), and University Park (adjacent to Charles Jordan Community Center).

01/06/2023

FREE Douglas-fir and Ponderosa pine trees available

Last week, Completely Arbortrary, a local podcast dedicated to all things trees, and Treecology, Inc., a local tree care service company, sponsored a “treevia” (get it?) night at Arbor Beer Lodge. After the friendly competition, your Arbor Lodge Tree Team was gifted 20 Douglas-fir and 7 Ponderosa pine trees. Typically selling for around $10 each, we are now giving them away on a first-come, first-served basis. Free! The trees are in one-gallon containers and look great: young and green and sprite. If you’ve cut a tree for your Christmas celebration, planting one of these beauties could be a lovely cosmic balance to your holiday. Both are native species and visually appealing. As mature trees, they will provide cooling shade, wildlife habitat, erosion control, and other benefits, while enhancing your home’s value, and helping the planet deal with a warming climate. Planting a tree would also be a wonderful legacy for you or your family or make a thoughtful gift to a friend or loved one. If you would like a free tree to plant in your yard (but not in the planting strip between the sidewalk and street), please contact Kelly O’Hara at: kelly@pdxcb.net 206-422-0857 6550 N Boston Ave

12/19/2022

2022 Bill Naito Community Trees Award | The individual winner is Ginger Edwards

The Bill Naito Community Trees Award recognizes our neighbors who have worked tirelessly to care for, protect, and advocate for our community’s trees.

This year, the individual winner is Ginger Edwards. From the Arbor Lodge Tree Teams nomination: “Ginger Edwards is our community’s Lorax. Not only does she speak for trees, she speaks for parks and native species and pollinators and as a former police officer and social worker, the entire human-human and human-Other community that enfolds us all. The Arbor Lodge Tree Team works to plant, preserve, and promote trees in our neighborhood and beyond. Mainly, though, we are just people who like trees.  Ginger has guided, motivated, and ever-so-gently cajoled us into a group of volunteer “tree geeks” - increasingly cohesive, educated, and focused on the two branches of our tree mission: policy/advocacy/education and putting trees in the ground.

“The Lorax” story encourages personal care and involvement in making a situation better. Seuss writes: “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” Ginger is our Lorax.””

See more here

12/04/2022

Public Meeting Notice: Land Use Notice for Development at 1738-1742 N Colfax Street | Thursday, December 15th, 2022 @ 7:00pm

Please join us via zoom Thursday, December 15th, 2022 @ 7:00pm (see meeting info below)

Fosler Architecture will present their plans for:

  • 4-story build

  • 63 unit building

  • off-street parking for 95 bikes and 14 cars.

There will be mixture of studios, one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments, and 15% of the units will be provided under the Inclusionary Housing program. The project will also meet the Transportation Demand Management program requirements for transit use.

Find more information about the proposed project here

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12/03/2022

North Portland Aquatic Center - Community Workshop #1 / Sat., Dec. 10, 2022 10am-2pm

PLEASE JOIN US! 

Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) is hosting Community Workshop #1 for the North Portland Aquatic Center project on Saturday, December 10, 2022, at Charles Jordan Community Center from 10:00am - 2:00pm. What: North Portland Aquatic Center - Community Workshop #1 When: Saturday, December 10, 2022, 10:00am-2:00pm Where: Charles Jordan Community Center, 9009 N. Foss Ave, Portland, OR, 97203

Open house style. Drop by anytime between 10:00am - 2:00pm to:

  • Learn more about the North Portland Aquatic Center and your opportunity for input into this dynamic design process 

  • Meet the project and design team 

  • Share your thoughts and priorities about what criteria are most important to prioritize in selecting the preferred site of the future North Portland Aquatic Center 

  • Share your thoughts and priorities about what programming elements are most important to include in the future North Portland Aquatic Center

Advance registration is not required, but you can RSVP HERE and add Community Workshop #1 to your personal calendar. I hope to see you on Saturday, December 10 at Charles Jordan Community Center.

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