Learning Gardens Laboratory Placemaking Celebration

From Learning Gardens Lab:

Join us for the Learning Gardens Laboratory Placemaking Celebration on June 1st, from 9:00am-2:00pm! Morning yoga, a guided walk around the property, visioning, hands-on tasks to improve the space and tend to seasonal needs, arts and crafts and a potluck! Come celebrate the beautiful space of Learning Gardens Lab, along with all the many people who make up this wonderful community.

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/620330705044168/

Please see below for a more comprehensive schedule. Feel free to invite anyone and everyone!

Location:

Learning Gardens Laboratory

6745 SE 60th Ave, Portland, OR 97206

Please bring: 

-A dish to share
-Water bottle
-Gardening Gloves (if you have them)
-Clothes you are okay with getting dirty
-Closed toed shoes

This event is associated with City Repairs’ Village Building Convergence. Check out other events happening throughout this week, found here: https://villagebuildingconvergence.com/

LGL Placemaking Schedule

9:00am Placemaking Yoga with Jaime Mathis

  • Yoga and song facilitated by Leadership for Sustainability Education graduate student Jaime Mathis

10:00am Observation Walk & Opening Circle

  • Guided walk around the Learning Gardens Laboratory and the surrounding neighborhood
  • Gather and share observations about the space
  • Transition into hands-on tasks!

 10:45am Placemaking Activities 

  • Prepare our new entrance area
  • Tend to seasonal needs of the garden
  • Co-create welcoming artwork with natural materials recycled from the land

12:45pm Visioning and Closing Circle

  • Gather, put intentions into the space, celebrate achievements and rejoice the abundance to come!

1:15pm Potluck, Abundance Table, and Celebration!

  • Bring a dish to share and eat in a welcoming community setting!
  • Make art!
  • Listen to music!
  • Celebrate what we are creating together!

Hope to see you there!

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Portland Community Insights Survey

Over the past several months, the City Budget Office has been working with representatives throughout the City of Portland on a new citywide initiative called the Portland Community Insights Survey. This survey is a redesign of the Community Survey conducted by the Auditor’s Office until 2016 and is meant to provide City Bureaus and City Council with actionable insights to help inform budgeting and policy decisions.

This survey will give us the opportunity to hear from people who rely on us each day to make sure Portland is a great place to live. It includes questions on policy and budget priorities, satisfaction with services, ideas for improvement, and service usage patterns. Insights from these responses will help us build a stronger, more equitable city.

Please share the survey link as widely as possible and encourage those in your respective networks to make their voices heard: www.research.net/r/PDXspeaks

  • The survey will remain open through May 28th.
  • In addition to the online survey, we have a team of student and community leaders conducting in-person canvassing of the survey in underrepresented communities. If you see them in bright blue Community Data Fellows t-shirts – please stop for a chat!
  • The survey is available online in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese, and Russian.
  • The survey will take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete.
  • The survey is opt-in and available to anyone who lives, works, and/or plays in the City of Portland.

If you have any additional questions, please contact Shannon Carney at Shannon.Carney@portlandoregon.gov. Thank you in advance for your support with this important initiative.

January 2019 Public Board Meeting Agenda

Join us for our monthly meeting, January 3rd, 7:00-9:00PM, Brentwood-Darlington Community Center (7211 SE 62nd Ave, 97206)!

Special Guest:
Marty Stockton

Topic:
82nd Avenue Project

Venga a nuestra renunión mensual, 3 de Enero a las 7-9 de la tarde, El Centro de la Comunidad de Brentwood-Darlington (7211 SE 62nd Ave, 97206)!

Invitado Especial:
Marty Stockton

Tema:
Proyecto de la avenida 82

82nd Avenue Study: Understanding Barriers to Development

Learn more at our January 3rd, 2019 Public Board Meeting!

The 82nd Avenue Study: Understanding Barriers to Development, referred to as the “82nd Avenue Study,” focuses on understanding the challenges of and exploring opportunities for new development in the corridor as we consider potential transportation improvements. The 82nd Avenue Study describes the development potential of properties along 82nd Avenue and identifies barriers that can be addressed in the near-term — with an eye towards long-term solutions.

PROJECT GOALS

The goals of this study are:

  • Update our understanding of 82nd Avenue as a “Civic Corridor.”
  • Identify the most strategic locations for public action or investment support for businesses and property development on 82nd Avenue.
  • Generate policy recommendations to address physical and social needs in the corridor; address barriers to development while managing equity and social issues.

The 82nd Avenue Study is not intended to be comprehensive planning effort for the corridor. Rather, it will complement the many other projects also happening in the corridor and build on collaborative efforts. Following this study, City Council could direct staff to generate a more robust future “82nd Avenue Plan,” in partnership with community stakeholders.

The 82nd Avenue Study recommends near-term actions and future planning and investment efforts:

Near-term actions

BPS

  • Rezone EG2 properties to EG1 on the southern end of the corridor to address barriers to development and for more efficient urban development of employment land along the corridor. Review split-zoned properties and propose necessary adjustments to remove any barriers to development. At the same time conduct an economic, equity and impact analysis specific to commercial displacement.

PBOT

  • Propose changes to the City’s right-of-way dedication requirements for new development along 82nd Avenue by making the private property dedication for the public ROW the same as the current 90-foot (measured 45-feet from centerline) Special Setback in the Zoning Code.
  • City of Portland to carry out already funded transportation projects and continue to develop additional opportunities for safety and connectivity improvements in and around the corridor. The already funded transportation projects include:
      • 82nd Ave Crossing Improvements Fixing our Streets project (2019-2020)
      • Division Multi-Modal Safety Project (2019-2020)
      • 70s Neighborhood Greenway Project (2020-21)
      • Halsey Safety Access to Transit Projects (2020-21)
      • Jade and Montavilla Connected Centers Project (2020-21)
      • Brentwood-Darlington Safe Routes to School (2020-21)
  • City and Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) will develop a broad and successful partnership to secure funding to repair 82nd Ave and improve safety. This will support the future jurisdictional transfer of 82nd Avenue within the City of Portland limits and future planned improvements.
  • City intends to seek increased design and engineering flexibility for improvements made under ODOT ownership.

September Meeting featuring Mayor Ted Wheeler

Click here to submit your questions!

We cordially invite all neighbors and business owners to join us at the Brentwood-Darlington Community Center on Thursday, September 6th, 2018, 7:00-9:00PM, for our monthly meeting, featuring special guest Mayor Ted Wheeler.  The Mayor will be addressing the top five questions from the neighborhood, so submit your questions here!  You may submit as many questions as you like.  RSVP to our event on Facebook to stay up to date!

Click here to download and print our agenda for the September 6th Meeting!

Meeting Agenda - September 2018

Water Filtration Survey

From Portland Water Bureau:

The Portland Water Bureau is working on new treatment processes for the Bull Run drinking water source to meet state and federal regulations for water quality. Future projects include:

The Water Bureau wants to hear from you to help guide initial decisions that will be made on some of the key aspects of the future filtration plant.

TAKE THE 5-MINUTE FILTRATION SURVEY

Questions or comments? Contact

Terry BlackSenior Community Outreach & Information Representative, Portland Water Bureau.

Portland Budget Meetings on April 3 and 7

From Portland Parks Foundation:

Let City Council Know Your Thoughts on Parks Budget Cuts

Portland’s City Budget Office (CBO) has recommended a draft Portland Parks & Recreation budget for 2018-19 that includes $2.1 million in cuts–nearly half of a total of $5 million in General Fund cuts asked from all bureaus combined.  The proposed reductions, if approved, will deeply impact PP&R’s ability to deliver core programs and services.
As a parks advocate, PPF encourages you and like-minded partners to take action in support of parks:
  • GET INFORMED. Learn more about the city’s Budget Process. Read through the CBO’s PPR&R Budget Review which includes a recommended 4%, or $2.1 million in reductions.

  • SHOW UP.  Over the next two months, City Council will hold a number of meetings to hear community concerns. This is an opportunity to show up in support of parks, and to testify about how these cuts will impact you and your neighborhood. Community Budget Forums are taking place in the next two weeks, which will inform the Mayor as he prepares to release his proposed budget April 30.
April 3, 6:30-8:30pm at David Douglas High School
1001 SE 135th Avenue, 97233
April 17, 6:30-8:30pm at Roosevelt High School
6941 N Central Street, 97203
  • GET OTHERS ENGAGED. City Council needs to know the impacts of the proposed PP&R budget on all of our communities. Share information about the Budget Processwith fellow parks advocates and get them engaged in the process.
Feel free to call PPF at 503-445-0994 or visit them online for more information about the hearings and the budget process.