16. October 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: health, safety, san, transportation

Things are looking a little bit different out there on Sandy Blvd today.

April Bertlesen of the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) said on Sept 26 that the new crosswalk on Sandy Blvd at NE 87th might be turned on by mid October & today was the day. PBOT was only awaiting installation of traffic control signs that must be in place before the full signal can be turned on.

The crosswalk includes a pedestrian activated signal on all four corners of the intersection. Motorist will not be expecting an active crossing signal yet, so please use caution when crossing NE Sandy Blvd on foot — even with a green light.

In related news, the second half of the Sandy Blvd sidewalk project — the north side from 85th to 92nd — is delayed until the next summer construction season after July 2013, according to PBOT.

The first half of the $100,000 sidewalk project — the south side of Sandy Blvd from 85th to 92nd — was completed this summer. However, design work was more extensive for the north side of Sandy because sidewalk space is narrower or more sloped. The needed design delayed the construction until too late in the road construction season.

The Sandy Blvd sidewalks was requested by Sumner Association of Neighbors (SAN) in NE Portland to improve pedestrian safety. Tragically, two pedestrians were struck and killed by motorists on Sandy Blvd at NE 91st, one each in August 2009 and March 2011. Another crosswalk is slated for that intersection in 2013, according to the East Portland in Motion (EPIM) plan.

Overall pedestrian safety needs to be improved for due to the proximity of the I-205 freeway entrance/exit and the Parkrose/Sumner transit center. The date in the EPIM plan synchs with other PBOT info indicating that 2013 will be the year they focus on Sandy Blvd with their ‘safety corridor’ program.

SAN aims to host guest speakers from PBOT and the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) about this topic to our neighborhood meetings early next year.

15. October 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: food, fun, gardening, helensview, newsletter, planning, san

Sumner newsletter for fall 2012 The newsletter for autumn 2012 (1.1 MB PDF) for Sumner Association of Neighbors (SAN) in NE Portland, Oregon, is now available online!

If it looks different, that’s because it has a new name — Sumner Sun — selected in a landslide by a vote of the neighbors at our September meeting!

This issue began delivery this weekend. Thanks to Patricia who whipped up & laid out the vastly improved design & who suggested we give it a real name.

Thanks also to our many intrepid neighbors who volunteered to deliver the newsletter to your very door handle: Marcy, Janet, Cyril, Henry, Karen, Katherine, Colin, Tish, Molly, Erica, Heather, Katana, Jay, Emily, Karrie, Cindy, Ronda, Jacob and Joan (the newsletter delivery ringleader)!

Items include:

  • Halloween party at Helensview on Friday, Oct 26. Sign up to volunteer.
  • Drafting a neighborhood plan at our Oct 16 meeting
  • Helensview Community Garden breaks ground
  • Photos from the annunal neighborhood National Night Out barbecue.
  • Notes from July and September meetings
15. October 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: food, fun, gardening, health, helensview, san, schools

By Erica Martin, chair of the Helensview Community Garden Steering Committee

Get out with your neighbors and Portland Community Gardens at Helensview Community Garden located at Helensview High School at 87th & Emerson Streets. Join your neighbors and future gardeners for a few hours of playing in the dirt as we help get Helensview Community Garden underway by spreading bark chips on the walkways.

Join us for two upcoming Garden Work days:

  • Saturday, October 20th from 10 AM – 12 noon
  • Saturday, November 3rd from 9:30 AM – 12 noon

Please dress for the weather, bring your garden/work gloves and wear clothes that you don’t mind getting a little dirty. It’s also a good idea to bring your own water bottle. See you there!

Steering committee and construction crew

Caption: Portland Parks construction guys, with Helensview Garden steering committee members Laura, Erica, Mary and Kris on 6 Sept 2012.

SAVE THE DATE FOR A “GARDEN PARTY”: Saturday, March 9th, 2013

As part of the Community Garden Initiative (1,000 new plots!) and due to strong community support, the Helensview Community Garden is planned to open and welcome gardeners, this coming spring. The Sumner Neighborhood, along with Community Partners, will help to celebrate the opening of the Helensview Community Garden! More information to come, so keep a look out!

Helensview Community Garden will have approx. 16 20′x20′ garden plots. Plots are assigned on a first come, first served basis. Once all the plots are assigned, a waiting list for this garden will be started. The plot sizes are 10’x20’ and cost $43 per year or 10’x10’ and cost $21 per year. Raised beds are available for those with physical limitations. Scholarship assistance is also available.

Sumner neighborhood residents, you are encouraged to reserve your garden plot now at the Portland Community Gardens website. Complete the online form and you will be automatically added to the list! You will not be charged your rental fee until you claim your plot at our March 9, 2013, opening event.

In addition to renting a plot, there are many other ways to be involved in the community garden program:
• Help organize and build new gardens
• Assist in seasonal garden maintenance and end of year clean-up
• Grow and donate produce to area food banks through our Produce for People Program

For more information, contact Laura Niemi, Community Garden Coordinator at 503-823-1612 or Laura.Niemi@portlandoregon.gov

These two photos, taken this weekend, show the progress by PP&R since breaking ground on Oct 1. Both photos are roughly the same angle & area as the photo above. Water meter, pipe & five spigots installed, bark chip trail carved and filled. This is for real!

Helensview Garden construction, Oct 2012: Sod removed from the garden footprint

Helensview Garden construction, Oct 2012: Rocky soil and water pipes

Update 30 Oct 2012: This is a revised draft handed out at the October 16 meeting. Send us your comments per the instructions below.

By Sumner neighborhood land use & transportation chair Jacob Warren & SAN chair Scott Somohano

This month’s Sumner neighborhood meeting (in NE Portland) will be devoted entirely to developing our goals and visions. So be sure you mark October 16 at 7 PM on your calendar and bring your great ideas. Refreshments and pizza will be provided.

Three maps from PDX Plan

Caption: Three views of Sumner neighborhood from the draft Portland Plan. From left, grocery store distance, park distance, and connectors and neighborhood centers.

This next year is going to be a busy year in land use planning for our fair city. Coming off the success of the Cully Plan, the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability is getting down to business updating the city’s Comprehensive Plan. The Comprehensive Plan is essentially the city’s long term plan for the management of land-use, transportation, education, public health, and natural resources. It provides the vision for what our city will look like in the next twenty to thirty years.

Most importantly, the plan update is an opportunity to get some of the goals and visions of our neighborhood into action.

But wait, what are our goals and visions? That’s where we can really use your help. We need to know what you would like your neighborhood to look like in the next 10-20 years.

As a starting point, here is a rough draft plan (218K PDF) shared at our September 2012 neighborhood meeting. (It has been supercede by the October draft cited in the update above.) What do you think is missing? What do we need more of? What do we need less of? We can’t know unless you tell us. Just about anything is up for grabs: streets, schools, parks, clean air, shopping, dining, you name it.

If you can’t make it to the meeting, but still want to give input, feel free to let me know any time, at jawarren86@gmail.com or sumner.neighborhood@gmail.com. Also if you’re interested in following the Comprehensive Plan Update, send an email to pdxcompplan@pdx.gov and they’ll subscribe you to their monthly newsletter.

If you need proof that this kind of input can make a difference, just look at the sidewalks installed on Sandy Blvd this year & the community garden under construction at Helensview. Both projects are the result of priorties set by you — our neighbors — in your responses to our 2009 neighborhood survey (44K PDF).

For more background about the Comp Plan Update, see ‘Citizen slots open on Comp Plan Update Advisory Groups‘ published in March earlier this year.