Like it or not, good stuff doesn’t just happen on its own. Part of community means recognizing – and acting on — an opportunity to improve things when they arise. This is one of those opportunities.

Join your neighbors, business owners, community groups, public agency staff and elected officials in roundtable discussions about 82nd Avenue!

When: Saturday, May 4, 10 AM to 1 PM.

Cost: The roundtable event is free and open to everyone. To RSVP, click here.

1932: NE 82nd, looking north from NE Halsey

Caption: 1932: NE 82nd, looking north from NE Halsey. Photo courtesy of PBOT and Cliff Bolling.

Where: Madison High School, 2735 NE 82nd Ave. (Parking nearby at Glenhaven Park at NE 82nd & Siskiyou)
Details: Connect with others at the table on community safety, transportation options, streetscape design, business development, arts, culture, recreation, family wellness and 82nd Ave community happenings. Local snacks provided!

The roundtable is co-sponsored by two neighborhood coalition nonprofits: Southeast Uplift and our own Central Northeast Neighbors (CNN). For more info, call Sandra at Central Northeast Neighbors at (503) 823-2780.

Volunteer stewards at Johnson Lake on April 6, 2013

Caption: Two pairs of volunteers on the trail at the Johnson Lake natural area on April 6. The stewardship event was co-sponsored by SAN, Portland Parks (who owns the natural area), and the Columbia Slough Watershed Council.

For a very nice account about the lake and the cleanup event, see East Portland’s Johnson Lake gets TLC the on the East PDX News website.

For more background about Sumner’s involvement with Johnson Lake, see this August 2011 backgrounder and our August 2011 meeting notes.

Join us for the next stewardship event at Johnson Lake on Saturday, September 30.

Thanks to Sumner Association of Neighbors (SAN) secretary Erica Martin for taking such detailed meeting notes.

Highlights are below but you can download or view the full Sumner neighborhood meeting notes here:

Highlights for March 2012

  • Guest speakers: Three candidates for city council position #1: Incumbent Amanda Fritz, State Rep Mary Nolan, and businessman Bruce Altizer.
  • Helensview community garden: Grant approval pending in May. Ground breaking in June.
  • Graffiti grant: CNN granted funds ($700) to SAN for graffiti abatement. Looking to paint in June, July and August.
  • Sumner Pride litter patrol: February turnout our best ever: 12 people and 356 pounds of litter collected.

Highlights for April 2012

  • Guest speakers: Cary Watters from Friends of Gateway Green and Sarah Coates-Huggins of the Portland Parks and Recreation. They spoke about the Gateway Green project (along I-205 south of Maywood Park) and the Sullivan’s Gulch Trail project (along I-84 from the Willamette River to Gateway Green).
  • Helensview community garden: Soil testing scheduled for April 19.
  • Sandy Blvd sidewalk project: South side confirmed to begin installation on May/June. Will include a crosswalk at NE 87th at Sandy. The crosswalk planned for NE 91st will be part of a different project, now slated for 2013.

Highlights for May 2012

  • Guest visitor: Delivery guy from Pizza Hut (at 82nd and Sandy) with a stack of pizzas!
  • Neighborhood cleanup and garage sale: Slated for Saturdays, May 19 and June 2, respectively.
  • Helensview community garden: Two important pieces of good news: (1) East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District approved our $17,000 grant request; (2) The soil test came back clean. With that good news, the preliminary garden design was shared & feedback was gathered for an improved design. Details of the feedback are in the May meeting notes PDF.
  • SAN lot adopt a highway: Jacob filed paperwork to ‘adopt’ the SAN lot (between NE 92nd and I-205 north of Sandy Blvd) as part of our neighborhood litter patrol.
  • Ad hoc Bylaws committee: Eugene, Erica and Rachel agreed to meet and discuss for a proposal to simplify.

Join us on Saturday, June 23, from 10 AM to 1 PM for our second stewardship event at Johnson Lake in NE Portland held jointly by Portland Parks & Recreation with Sumner Association of Neighbors (SAN).

Ground level view of Johnson Lake
Caption: Ground level view of Johnson Lake (source: BES)

Per Susan Hawes at PP&R:

Join Portland Parks & Recreation, Sumner Neighborhood Association and other community members to maintain trails, pick up litter and remove invasive species at this “hidden” natural area! All of these activities will improve the experience of Johnson Lake Park users. Please wear long pants and long sleeves, sturdy walking shoes, and bring a water bottle. Tools, gloves, water and treats will be provided.

For more information or to RSVP, contact PP&R City Nature East Stewardship Coordinator Susan Hawes: or (503) 823–5937.

Where to meet on Saturday, June 23

We’ll gather at the east end of NE Colfax St in the Airport Business Park at 10 AM. There should be adequate parking there and you’ll see a sign at the trailhead for the 8.76-acre PP&R natural area on the NE shore of the lake. Please note that we will not be doing any work on private Owens-Illinois property.

How to get there (map on Bing): Drive east on Sandy Blvd, then turn left (north) on NE 105th at the traffic signal. Drive about half a mile to the 3-way stop at Alderwood Drive, and then turn left (west) onto Alderwood. Drive another half mile past the long-term parking lot. Turn left (south) on NE 92nd Drive. Cross the new bridge over the slough, and then turn left (east) onto NE Colfax St. Drive to the east end of the dead end street. That’s the trailhead where we’ll be set up.

Driving map to Johnson Lake
Caption: Driving map to NE Colfax St on Johnson Lake

As a special bonus: SAN will furnish lunch for the first 20 volunteers who sign up. To sign up, call Ronda at 503-823-3156 or email Scott at

This stewardship event is a second for SAN at Johnson Lake, and the first in 2012. We have another scheduled for Saturday, October 6, and we hope to make this a twice-yearly event. Small grants are available for this kind of stewardship & maybe next year we’ll file the paperwork.

For more about Johnson Lake and the cleanup underway there by DEQ and Owens-Illinois, see our August 2011 neighborhood meeting notes and this background article about Johnson Lake.

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