This article is reposted with permission from the admins at People of Brentwood-Darlington and is from a series they are doing featuring neighbors who make a difference in the Brentwood-Darlington community.
Originally published August 3rd, 2020:
Good morning, Brentwood-Darlington! We bring you our first #POBDMVP post highlighting the folks in our neighborhood keeping community alive with their small businesses, nonprofits, and behind-the-scenes organizing. This week, meet Vicki Geistlinger and The Moose Lodge.
This is an ongoing feature of beautiful gardens of neighbors in Brentwood-Darlington, Portland, Oregon. Want to submit your garden photos? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and use “Gorgeous Gardens” in the subject line. Please include 3-5 photos and a brief description, as well as the name you would like us to use.
Description from Featured Neighbor: Terri Parkin
This is a garden I planted in late spring. There is an array of colorful zinnias, a wonderful mix of cascade wildflowers, poppies, giant sunflowers, and nasturtiums. I brought in premium soil and had it spread for this garden which is the ultimate cause of its success this year plus consistent watering in the morning and evening. I planted just wildflowers last year, but the soil wasn’t as rich as this and so I had a much happier experience this year.
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.
Partial Description from the Independent Police Oversight Ballot ReferralSurvey: Thank you for taking the time to share your input! Survey responses are due by end of day SUNDAY, JULY 12 – after which they will be reviewed by Commissioner Hardesty and staff to inform the final proposal.
Commissioner Hardesty believes that one piece of police accountability must include truly independent police oversight, and that’s why she’s working on a proposal with community advocates for council to refer a ballot measure for the November elections.
The Woodmere Community is hosting an on-going weekly rally, Saturdays starting July 11th. The rally begins at 5:00PM at Woodmere Elementary and then marches to join the nightly neighborhood protest at SE 72nd Ave/SE Flavel St at 6:00PM. This is a family-friendly event and safe space for all community members. Social distancing and masks encouraged.
“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.”