Advanced Tree Pruning with PPR Urban Forestry

Understanding trees from the inside out helps when it is time to prune!
Photo from Portland Parks and Recreation. Description: Three people in safety vests discuss tree pruning outside.

Wednesday, June 3, 2020, 11:00 am – 12:00pm
Offered Online via Zoom

Many arborists will tell you that pruning is both a science and an art; the art of making a proper cut matched with an understanding of the tree’s biology and mechanics.

Learning how trees grow and how they respond to various pruning cuts will help you master common pruning techniques.

Portland Parks and Recreation Urban Forestry staff will host an online Advanced Pruning class on June 3, 2020; prior participation in an introductory pruning class is recommended.

Please pre-register, Zoom details to participate will be sent by email.

The workshop will begin promptly at 11:00 am with the presentation followed by a question and answer period.

For questions, please contact: ufvolunteers@portlandoregon.gov.

Register here.

PBOT Restricting Traffic on Neighborhood Greenways

Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) has restricted access to the neighborhood greenway system to local traffic only. The points on this map show where the signage is located. Neighborhood greenways are slow, calm residential streets that prioritize people walking and bicycling. The restrictions will allow people to travel safely and give space to others.

All essential vehicle trips are allowed. People who live, work, and need access to homes and businesses are allowed to drive on the street. 

Temporary Trail Closure at Errol Heights Park

Expect to see crews in the park using motorized equipment to cut and remove invasive plants between May 4th and May 26th.  This and other site restoration work will result in temporary trail closures (signs will be in place when trails are closed). Please use caution throughout the park as crews will be moving between multiple work areas.

This is part of the Errol Heights Park Site Restoration work to control invasive plants. The goal of the site restoration work is to control invasive plants and restore valuable habitat areas by planting more native trees and shrubs.

For more information please visit the project page.  Click here!

Portland Parks and Recreation Facilities Closed through March 31st

From Portland Parks & Recreation:

Out of an abundance of caution and with the health of our community in mind, we have made the decision to temporarily alter our services in response to COVID-19.

Based on the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Oregon Health Authority, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler, and local public health officials, Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) is closing all of its community centers and pools, and canceling all indoor PP&R activities, programs, and rentals. The tentative reopening date for the bureau’s indoor facilities is April 1, 2020.

PP&R has monitored the COVID-19 situation since it began. We continue to be in communication with and to follow the guidance of the Oregon Health Authority, Multnomah County Health Department, and the Portland Bureau of Emergency Management regarding the situation.

For more of the bureau’s COVID-19 information, please visit portlandoregon.gov/parks/covid-19

CLOSED/CANCELED THROUGH March 31 −

  • All PP&R facilities: All community and arts centers, swimming pools, and sports facilities are closed through March 31, 2020.
  • All PP&R indoor programs: All indoor recreation and athletic programs are canceled through March 31, 2020.
  • PP&R facility rentals and permitted events in PP&R community centers: All indoor permitted events are canceled.

CURRENTLY OPEN OR PLANNED TO TAKE PLACE −

  • All PP&R parks, playgrounds, golf courses, trails, and natural areas are currently open. Park visitors are encouraged to follow direction from public health agencies and elected officials around social distancing.
  • PP&R outdoor activities and events with less than 250 people can go on as planned.
  • PP&R will encourage participants at outdoor offerings and events to follow social distancing guidance.  

We apologize for any inconvenience these changes may cause, and we will continue to update you about PP&R’s response to COVID-19.

New Speed Limit on SE Flavel Street

From Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT):

This week the Portland Bureau of Transportation will be updating the speed limit on two segments of SE Flavel Street. The new speed limit will be 25 mph from 52nd to 92nd avenues and from 112th Avenue to Deardorff Road.

The reduced speed limits support the City of Portland’s Vision Zero goal to eliminate traffic deaths and serious injuries. Speed is a factor in nearly half of deadly crashes that occur in Portland. Lower speeds result in fewer crashes. When crashes occur, lower speeds make it more likely that people will survive (see image below). You can learn more about the City of Portland’s Vision Zero work at http://visionzeroportland.com.

If you have questions or concerns about the new speed limits, please contact matthew.kelly@portlandoregon.gov or at 503-823-5831.

Errol Heights Park on Stage in February 2020!

Special Guest from Portland Parks and Recreation at our February 6th, Public Board Meeting

 

George Lozovoy, the Portland Parks and Recreation project manager for renovation of Errol Heights Park, will go over the Land Use Notice and describe the park’s features: amenities such as splash pad, skate spot, stairways, picnic and playground in the upper level; accessible trails, slope restructuring, tree preservation, and beaver ponds in the lower, natural area; park access via new sidewalks on surrounding streets.  George will answer questions, remark on temporary trail closures, and provide a timeline for implementation of the renovation project.

 

Renderings courtesy of Mayer/Reed, Inc.

Update to Proposed Meeting on Code Change 3.96

Code Change 3.96 Update from Office of Community and Civic Life: 

City Council will not vote on the multi-bureau resolution on January 30th, 2020 as previously tentatively scheduled. The Council is working on finding another date and Civic Life will send updates as soon as it has been scheduled.

While the Council Clerk is no longer accepting written testimony, if you have additional thoughts you would like to share, please send an email to Commissioner Eudaly’s office.

Portland City Council Sets Election Schedule to Fill Vacancy

On Wednesday, January 8, the Portland City Council passed a resolution authorizing a special elections schedule to fill a vacancy in office that occurred upon the death of former Commissioner Nick Fish. The election for the remainder of the Commissioner’s term will coincide with the City’s regular May 19, 2020 Primary Election. A run-off election, if necessary, is set for Tuesday, August 11, 2020, should no candidate receive a majority of the vote.

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