New BDNA Work Group!

Starting September 16th, 2021, join us for the new BDNA Work Group happening the third Thursday of the month at 6:30PM! We’ll work on events planning, discuss neighborhood issues, develop new ideas, and more!

September’s focus will be working on the Virtual Fireplace Gathering and the Halloween Festival.


¡A partir del 16 de septiembre de 2021, únase a nosotros para el nuevo Grupo de Trabajo de la BDNA que tendrá lugar el tercer jueves de cada mes a las 6:30 p.m.! ¡Trabajaremos en la planificación de eventos, discutiremos problemas del vecindario, desarrollaremos nuevas ideas y más!

El enfoque de septiembre estará trabajando en el Encuentro de Chimenea Virtual y el Festival de Halloween.


Начиная с 16 сентября 2021 года, присоединяйтесь к нам в новой Рабочей группе BDNA в третий четверг каждого месяца в 18:30! Мы будем работать над планированием мероприятий, обсуждать проблемы соседства, разрабатывать новые идеи и многое другое!

В сентябре основное внимание будет уделено мероприятию сообщества виртуальных каминов и фестивалю Хэллоуина.


Bắt đầu từ ngày 16 tháng 9 năm 2021, hãy tham gia cùng chúng tôi trong Nhóm làm việc mới của BDNA vào thứ Năm thứ ba hàng tháng lúc 6:30 chiều! Chúng tôi sẽ làm việc về lập kế hoạch sự kiện, thảo luận về các vấn đề của khu vực lân cận, phát triển các ý tưởng mới và hơn thế nữa!

Trọng tâm của tháng 9 sẽ là làm việc về Thu thập lò sưởi ảo và Lễ hội Halloween.

It’s the second Soak-It-Week of 2021!

Despite the cooler weather and light showers over the weekend, we still need to water our trees! It’s the second week of Trees for Life Oregon’s official Soak-It-Weeks (held the last week of every July and August).

Time to get those buckets out and fill them up!  Remember, young trees in Portland need 15 to 20 gallons of water once a week during their first 2 to 3 summers. To ensure more mature trees also survive and remain healthy, they should be watered at least monthly during summer. Buckets need to be refilled four to ten times to fully water a tree. 

If you received a bucket from one of our events, remember to face the label side towards the tree you are watering!

Use hashtag #bdsoakitweek to share your tree watering photos!

Want to make your own bucket? Skip to the 30 second mark on the video above to see how to do it!  Trees for Life recommends three holes, spaced about 6″ apart on one side of the bucket. Contact us for your free label so you always know which side should face the tree when watering.

This project made possible by:

Thank you to BDNA Land Use Committee volunteers Kim Hill and Loralie Cole, Jim Gersbach and Kyna Rubin from Trees for Life Oregon, and Ana Meza from ROSE Community Development Lents Youth Initiative for making Brentwood-Darlington Soak-It-Week possible!

Lower SE Rising Area Plan

BDNA Note: Please take the survey linked at the bottom before September 6th, 2021!

From Portland Bureau of Transportation:

BPS and PBOT launch latest planning effort: Lower Southeast Rising Area Plan

City bureaus to address the historic lack of infrastructure investment in this area of Southeast and East Portland; seek community input to guide healthy community development.

The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) and Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) are collaborating with community members to assess land use and transportation issues for Brentwood-Darlington and portions of the Lents, Ardenwald-Johnson Creek, Mt Scott-Arleta, and Woodstock neighborhoods. This new planning effort is called the Lower Southeast Rising Area Plan.

The bureaus recognize the historic lack of infrastructure investment in this area of East Portland. So they are seeking community input to guide healthy community development for the area, which has many unimproved roads, sidewalk gaps, limited street networks, poor transit service, and few neighborhood commercial amenities.

An active Brentwood-Darlington road with no sidewalk. Photo by PBOT
[Image Description: A neighbor walks two dogs down the side of a street without sidewalks.]
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It’s the first day of Soak-It-Week 2021!

Trees for Life Oregon has declared the last week of every July and the last week of every August to be Soak-It-Weeks, a time for all Portlanders to deeply water their yard and street trees to help ensure their survival in our increasingly dry and hot summers. 

Time to get those buckets out and fill them up!  Remember, young trees in Portland need 15 to 20 gallons of water once a week during their first 2 to 3 summers. To ensure more mature trees also survive and remain healthy, they should be watered at least monthly during summer. Buckets need to be refilled four to ten times to fully water a tree. 

If you received a bucket from one of our events, remember to face the label side towards the tree you are watering!

Use hashtag #bdsoakitweek to share your tree watering photos!

Still need a bucket? We have just a few available!  Contact us for your free bucket!

Want to make your own? Skip to the 30 second mark on the video above to see how to do it!  Trees for Life recommends three holes, spaced about 6″ apart on one side of the bucket. Contact us for your free label so you always know which side should face the tree when watering.

This project made possible by:

Thank you to BDNA Land Use Committee volunteers Kim Hill and Loralie Cole, Jim Gersbach and Kyna Rubin from Trees for Life Oregon, and Ana Meza from ROSE Community Development Lents Youth Initiative for making Brentwood-Darlington Soak-It-Week possible!