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.

24. August 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: cnn, food, fun, san

Another National Night Out barbecue, another attendance topper! Last year we had 100 people and this year we must’ve had 130+ attend. It was tough to count because — unlike last year — everyone didn’t show up at once.

Thanks to everyone who helped and volunteered — grillmaster Eugene and grillmaster junior Cyril, Ronda and her girls and boy, Alison and CNN who co-hosted, DAV Bingo (who loaned us stacks of (heavy) tables and chairs), Gary Davis who entertained us nonstop with music, Erica and her boys who helped us pack up, and everyone else I’m forgetting.

Here’s a few photos by Heather Somohano.

A-board sign greets neighbors out front
A-board sign greets neighbors out front

Gary Davis provided entertainment on the keyboard
Gary Davis and his keyboard provided entertainment

A Mr Miyagi moment between Eugene and Cyril
Eugene shares a Mr Miyagi moment Cyril at the grill

Youngsters and their dad
Youngsters enjoying some fun

14. August 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: gardening, helensview, planning, san

Sumner newsletter for summer 2012 The newsletter for summer 2012 (2.8 MB PDF) for Sumner Association of Neighbors (SAN) in NE Portland, Oregon, is now available online!

This issue was delivered a week or two ago. Thanks to Patricia who whipped up & laid out the vastly improved design. 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)!

Much of the newsletter is stuff you’ve seen on this site already.

Items include:

  • Grant approval and soil test for the Helensview Community Garden.
  • Annunal neighborhood National Night Out barbecue.
  • Portland comprehensive plan update & how Sumner neighborhood can set priorities within it
  • Notes from May and June meetings
  • Helensview graduates 68 students.

Our monthly neighborhood meeting on Tuesday, August 21, has been CANCELLED.

Please save the date for our next meeting on Tues, Sept 18. Our guest speaker will be Debbie Bischoff, Senior Planner with the Portland Bureau of Planning & Sustainability, to talk about the Portland comprehensive plan update & how Sumner can best express its priorities.

Light refreshments during social time at 6:30 PM. Meeting is at the usual location: CNN conference room, 4415 NE 87th (aka side door of Fire Station #12, just north off Sandy Blvd).