Infill of sidewalks along Duke and Flavel streets, along with installation of an east-west bicycle greenway midway between the two, has been delayed. Unexpected difficulties with the design (including the design budget) extended design work; it should be completed before the end of this year. In addition, the project is mostly funded by the federal government, which has meant longer than usual turn-around times for approvals and right-of-way acquisition.
Finally and unsurprisingly, the pandemic has taken its toll on PBOT’s work force. It has also reduced the downtown parking revenues that make up a large part of PBOT’s budget. PBOT complemented our federal funding with funds of its own to make our projects possible; but revenue shortfalls mean delays.
Barring any new issues, sidewalk infill and greenway installation should occur in late 2023. We’re disappointed, of course, but we realize that PBOT is doing all it can, in the face of numerous stressors, to accomplish our projects – along with dozens of others all over the city. We should keep in mind that we’re not the only neighborhoods with delayed projects – and let’s also remember that the city has invested millions of dollars in our neighborhood in recent years.
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.
Working alongside school districts, community partners, arts organizations, and hunger relief groups, PP&R coordinates Free Lunch + Play to ensure that it meets the needs in our community. During the school year, 57% of young Portlanders qualify for free or reduced-price lunch. Without school lunches, summer becomes the time when nearly 50,000 Portland children face hunger daily.
Free Lunch + Play offers accessible meal service and engaging activities at multiple parks throughout the city. In addition, Mobile Lunch + Play allows us to expand our program directly to children and families at apartment complexes and parks in even more neighborhoods.
Monday, June 21 – Friday, August 20, 2021 Monday, June 28 – Friday, August 27 (Gateway Discovery Park and Luuwit View Park) No programming on Monday, July 5.
Free Lunch + Play locations operate Monday through Friday, from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. Mobile Lunch + Play locations operate two days a week at specific times.
Free Lunches (Almuerzos gratis)
Safe distance fun and games (Distancia segura para juegos y diversión)
Check out the improvements happening on near Flavel Park as part of the Springwater Connector Neighborhood Greenway project! To sign up for updates on this and other land use and transportation projects in Brentwood-Darlington, email email@example.com. Photos courtesy of Stephenie F., Chair of the Brentwood-Darlington Neighborhood Association (BDNA) Land Use and Transportation Committee (LUTC).
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.