LEARN MORE ABOUT NECN | COMMUNITY CALENDAR
LEARN MORE ABOUT NECN | COMMUNITY CALENDAR
Humboldt neighborhood’s only official park is getting a makeover this spring, with support from Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods (NECN).
Albina Green, the tranquil public space at the corner of N. Albina Ave & N. Sumner St., was a vacant, tax-foreclosed property until a group of neighbors worked with Multnomah County and the City to convert it to a park in 1998-99. Albina Green is now used by as many as 200 people each day; later this month renovations will get under way to make the park even more welcoming and accessible.
“When the neighborhood originally designed this park in 1998 we needed to enclose, define, and identify the place as a green space,” Greenwood reflected. “Now, sixteen years later, we need something new; we need to open up the park, give it unique features like a raised area for performance, expression, and activity, and invite community members in to do their thing.”
These improvements are made possible by NECN’s behind-the-scenes role as the project’s fiscal sponsor – handling the money and invoices and providing administrative support. (Visit NECN’s website to find out how the Coalition can help your neighborhood association or other group carry out its next project.)
The changes to Albina Green will be subtle, but significant. Fencing will be removed from the north and west sides of the property, and replaced with an L-shaped raised area constructed of masonry and soil with grass on top. This will create an ADA-accessible space for performances, picnics and events, and will provide seating with a front-row view of activity along the street. The unique car-bumper bench currently at the park’s northwest corner will be moved to the east side of the park, and a community bulletin board will be installed adjacent to the bus stop on N. Albina Avenue. Various landscape improvements will be also be made, including the replacement of four diseased street trees. Much of this work will be done by contractors who live in Humboldt and adjacent neighborhoods, including several state-certified Minority, Women and Emerging Small Businesses.
When the work is complete later this summer, a community celebration will be held in conjunction with Cherry Sprout Produce’s annual Art in the Park event (date to be determined). Those with questions about the park, or ideas for events and programming to be held there once the renovations are complete, can contact project organizers at albinagreenpark[at]gmail.com.
NNEBA-North/Northeast Business Association presents…
Red Bean & Rice Business Mixer
SPRING BREAK CANDIDATING:
Meet some of the candidates running for city and county positions
Wednesday March 26, 5pm-7:30pm
NNEBA Headquarters, 311 North Ivy, Portland, OR 97227
Space is limited. Please RSVP to NNEBA Outreach Coordinator Fawn Aberson: email@example.com, 503-841-5032. More info HERE.
Event includes: Food and Beverage, Networking, Q & A with the Candidates. Get to the SOUL of the issues that affect OUR District. Be proactive in deciding who will get your vote. Moderated by Sharon Gary-Smith McKenzie River Gathering Executive Director
Confirmed Candidates Attending:
Running for City Commissioner Position #2
Running for City Commissioner Position #3
Running for Metro Council President
Running for Multnomah County Chair
Steven Cody Reynolds
Running for Multnomah County District #2
The event is Free to NNEBA members and a suggested $7 donation to non-members
By Katie Ugolini, Concordia Neighborhood Association; photo by James M. Valluzzi
The Portland Food Project needs additional volunteers in Inner North/Northeast Portland! If you are concerned about the issue of food security and how it affects many of our Portland neighbors, and you wish to translate this concern into compassionate involvement, here is your opportunity!
YOU WANT TO HELP, WE MAKE IT EASY!
It’s that simple! It is not a Food Drive, but a DONOR DRIVE with neighbors feeling a sense of pride as well as a sense of community!
Want to help out even more? If you have an extra 2 hours every 2 months, you could be a Neighborhood Coordinator! Tasks include signing up neighbors, friends, church members and/or work colleagues, giving them a Green Bag, picking up bags of food from their porches, and taking the food to local pantries! Voila! One Green Bag at a time, the local pantry shelves are again restocked!
In December alone, our 500-plus volunteers helped provide almost 9,000 lbs to our 8 pantry partners. So whether you choose to be a Food Donor, a Neighborhood Coordinator, or a driver on pick-up days, we need your help!
Our next pick-up is Saturday, April 12, so get your Green Bag online, or call 503-775-2110. You can brighten mealtime for so many of our neighbors, including children and seniors who are struggling.