City Council to Consider PPR Operating Levy

Portland City Council is considering the referral of a Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) operating levy for this November’s ballot. It would protect and restore recreation programs, park services, and our natural areas, including:

  • Recreation for All: end PP&R’s dependence on fees and transition to an equity-focused approach. Safely re-open community centers and pools, and resume fitness, arts, senior and youth, and environmental education programs for summer 2021;
  • Protect and Grow Nature: keep parks cleaner, safer, and more welcoming for all Portlanders. Plant new trees and proactively care for existing trees to help ensure clean water, protect wildlife, and diminish the impacts of climate change;
  • Community Partnerships: co-design recreational programming and provide resources to improve access to communities of color, families experiencing poverty, and refugees and immigrants, and provide community oversight.
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June Leach Garden Video Update

June 2020 video update from Leach Botanical Gardens

David Porter, Executive Director of Leach Botanical Gardens, writes:

“The new construction video includes more views from the deck of the Tree walk.  The rails and the stainless steel cap on the railing are being installed and polished. Soon the electricians will come in and install lighting.  The structure is very aesthetically pleasing. 

In the landscape, the secondary paths are taking shape and the irrigation systems are nearing completion in the Gathering Green and Pollinator Garden areas.  The Arbor framework is assembled and next steps include pouring of the Terrace and setting the fire feature.  
I hope you enjoy the views. I am astonished that this has been the 11th construction video.  Time has flown by.

I hope you are safe and well, andI look forward to the day I can greet you in the Garden again.”

Moose Lodge Fireworks Sale

With no big fireworks shows this year. Everyone is looking for alternative options. Let Portland Moose Lodge #291 help you out!

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STAND HOURS: 12 Noon to 9PM, June 23 – July 4

Volunteers will be working the stand. Please remember to wear a mask and observer social distancing protocols. Moose Lodge wants everyone safe and well for the celebration neighbors will be creating at home.

LGL Harvest Share of the Week

Share in the Harvest and get a taste of Learning Gardens Lab (LGL) through their new Harvest Share of the Week fundraiser!

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Description from LGL: This is what an early summer share might look like: a head of ‘Copenhagen market’ cabbage, several ‘cube of butter’ and ‘dirani’ squash, two artichokes, a bunch each of parsley, scallions, and lavender, plus two bags of beautiful mixed lettuce greens (not pictured).
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Children’s Concert and March for Change

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Join our neighbors in Foster-Powell for a children’s Black Lives Matter event at Essex Park hosted by Green Tulip Preschool. Special performances by Habiba Addo, Olive and Dingo, and Jessa Campbell and the Saplings! Masks and social distancing protocols recommended. For more information see the graphic below or click here.

Final Public Health Assessment Report for Precision Castparts

The final Public Health Assessment Report for Precision Castparts (PCC) has been uploaded to the Oregon Health Authority (OHA)’s website. A copy of the final report was shared with attendees at the March 18, 2020 virtual meeting hosted by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). (The public release was delayed due to OHA prioritizing the COVID-19 pandemic response.)

Although their public health assessment work is now complete, there are ongoing soil and water cleanup activities occurring at the PCC facility. PCC was also recently called into the Cleaner Air Oregon program, where it will be required to conduct a health-based risk assessment of its emissions. These activities are led by DEQ with support and consultation from the OHA Environmental Public Health team.

Questions or concerns? Contact the Environmental Public Health Team at Oregon Health Authority by email or phone at (503)-269-3689.

Oregon DOJ Community Conversations in July

From Oregon Department of Justice (DOJ) website:

Community Conversations
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What Gets in the Way? LET’S TALK ABOUT…

  • Your experiences with Institutional racism and implicit bias
  • Oregon’s new hate crime law
  • How Oregon DOJ can engage with your community

The time for meaningful change is now. Help us open pathways to justice & support for marginalized & oppressed people in Oregon.

For more information, dates, and times, click here.