Drink Up! Thanks to generous contributions from our community, Piccolo Park is getting a drinking fountain installed this week! Please join us to celebrate!
Drinking Fountain Dedication & Ribbon Cutting
9 aM, Saturday, July 28
Piccolo Park , SE 28th (between Division & Clinton), PORTLAND, OR
Drinks, treats and a small party!
All are invited! Bring the kids, stay and play!
About the Park:
Piccolo Park, located between SE Division and Clinton Streets at 28th Avenue, is the Hosford-Abernethy neighborhood’s only city park with a playground. The small park is a symbol of how community involvement can create lemonade out of lemons. Once a collection of houses, demolished and set aside for the Mount Hood Freeway Project in the early 1970s, the park is now a special place, cherished by the flourishing community of young families in southeast Portland.
Why a Fountain:
This project is a great example of how Portland succeeds when neighbors unite with community leaders to get the job done. At the same time the city was considering major budget cuts to the parks bureau, neighbors stepped forward to raise the $7,000 needed for this basic amenity.
Local developer Randy Rapaport was at the park with his 4 year-old god child when the inspiration to install a drinking fountain hit. “The impulse to get this going came while pushing Greta Lucy Sparrow on a swing at Piccolo Park. She indicated to me in a non-verbal, transpersonal manner that a water fountain was desired,” says Rapaport. After making a few phone calls, Rapaport was able to find out how much it would cost and who to coordinate with to make it a reality.
Bill Crawford, Vice Chair for Hosford-Abernethy Neighborhood Development, also contributed to the fountain fund. “I can’t think of any better way to make my community a better place,” he says. “Now my one-year-old daughter can have water-fights at future birthday parties here, or just cool off after walking the dog.”
In just a few short months, neighbors banded together to raise the rest of the money needed for Portland Parks & Recreation to get it installed. This project took hold fast and successfully thanks to fiscal sponsorship and guidance by the Portland Parks Foundation.
Please join us Saturday, July 28th at 9 a.m. to celebrate our success!
Thank you, thank you, thank you!
To all of you who contributed to our Piccolo Park Drinking Fountain fund, or ate out at Sunshine Tavern and Savoy last month, a hearty thanks and congratulations!
Last Wednesday, we delivered a check of $7,000 to the Portland Parks Bureau. An order is now in for a brand new, blue drinking fountain to be installed at the park this summer.The fountain will up and fully functioning by the first or second week of July.
We want to celebrate!
Please mark your calendar for a fun, celebration ceremony Saturday, July 28 @ 9 a.m. at Piccolo Park, between Division & Clinton streets on SE 28th Ave.
Details to follow (I hear there may be free Stumptown coffee). Watch our website for updates,
A hearty thanks to all who contributed and helped make this possible!
Hawthorne Area Civic Ecology
Saturday, May 19th
10am – 2pm ~ Doors at 9:30am
5511 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Free & Open to All
This is the first workshop in a series of two. Continue reading Civic Ecology Event May 19th FREE & Open to all
Please come to this Tuesday’s general neighborhood meeting and let us know what you want HAND to look like in 5 or 10 years. Especially the Hawthorne and Division corridors. Do you want more density and development? Thriving businesses? Is easy parking a priority? Sustainable buildings? Bikes? We know there will be changes resulting from the Max and the streetcar and currently planned development. And we know that the City has put in a lot of work thinking about what our sort of neighborhood might want and where we’re heading. But there’s a lot of room for us to create our own vision. Matt Wickstrom, our liason from the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability will be here to help us create that vision. But we need your voice. Please consider coming to share your thoughts, even if you never plan on attending another meeting again. We need to hear from you.
Hosford-Abernethy Neighborhood Development Association (HAND)
Tuesday, May 15, 2012, 7:00 PM
(Land Use meeting at 6:30)
St. Philip Neri Church Paulist Center, St Paul Room
2408 SE 16th Avenue (and Division)
Land Use Meeting at 6:30
1. SEUL representative
2. General Board
3. Executive Interest
4. HAND columnist
5. Garden of Wonders
6. Hawthorne Area Civic Ecology Project
7. Pocket Park Grant
The Future of HAND – A Neighborhood Discussion
Featuring Matt Wickstrom -our guy from the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability
1. Brief overview of key concepts from Portland Plan. You’ll get handouts of the Vibrant Neighborhood Centers pages, the Five Portland’s map and the Healthy Connected City Network diagram. This is the city’s general vision for our future.
2. Overview of the 8 Policy Expert Groups for the Comprehensive Plan Update, how to participate and how policy relates to implementation (i.e. zoning or development standards).
3. We’ll have an open discussion of what we want our neighborhood to look like in 5 or 10 years. Do we care about parking, density, traffic, bustling business, green building, industrial spaces, green spaces? Etc. With every policy priority, there’s a tradeoff. What tradeoffs do we want to make and what priorities do we want to emphasize. We need your voice.
Each month, we post an update in the neighborhood newspaper, SE Examiner. But for some reason, our emails got crossed and this month’s version didn’t get in to the editor. Please see below. It’s a great roundup of what’s going on in HAND this month:
Density, infill, parking, traffic; As our neighborhoods change to accommodate a larger urban population, planners and policy-makers need to hear our voice. Neighbors have a stake in these important decisions, and the neighborhood associations provide an excellent forum to hold the conversations necessary to manage this transformation, and ensure that our communities can remain vibrant and healthy places for families and business. The HAND Neighborhood Association will dedicate it’s annual meeting on May 15th to address these density issues. Please join us at 7:00pm to participate. We meet in the Paulist Center of St. Phillip Neri Catholic Church at SE 16th and Division. HAND will be electing new board members and officers at this meeting. If YOU would like to make an impact on the future of our neighborhood, please consider getting involved as a board member. If you have questions about board membership, contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Continue reading HAND Updates for May 2012
The Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Transit Project is applying for a City of Portland noise variance for construction where the alignment will be constructed in southeast Portland.
Normal construction hours are Monday–Saturday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. The variance would allow night and/or Sunday work in areas where it’s critical to minimize the duration of major traffic impacts, including:
–Three weekends round-the-clock for railroad crossings (one each for 8th, 11th and 12th avenues). Each crossing would be fully closed during this work (one at a time).
–Two weekends round-the clock for the new structures at Powell & 17th Ave. Powell would be fully closed during this work.
–About two weeks of nights, with weekends round-the-clock, for retaining walls under the new Powell structures. Lanes on Powell would be closed during this work.
A public hearing will take place before the City of Portland’s Noise Review Board:
Wednesday, May 9, 2012, 6 p.m.
Southeast Segment Noise Variance Hearing
Portland Bureau of Development Services Building
1900 SW 4th Ave., room 2500 B
Southeast Segment Noise Variance Application
Dine Out for Piccolo Park
Friday, May 4
4pm – Closing
Savoy Tavern + Bistro
2500 SE Clinton Street | 503.808.9999
On Friday, May 4, join your neighbors for happy hour, or a dinner out at Savoy Tavern. Savoy will donate 10-percent of ALL sales that evening to our Piccolo Park Drinking Fountain fund.
We are so close to our goal of $7,000! Please help us get there by participating in this fun event, or donating directly to the Portland Parks Foundation sometime in the next week.
Tax-deductible donations can be mailed to the Portland Parks Foundation, memo Piccolo Park:
HAND Piccolo Park Fountain
c/o Portland Parks Foundation
111 SW Oak Street, Suite 400
Portland, OR 97204
Or donate via credit card online: http://www.portlandparksfoundation.org click “Piccolo Fountain” to donate.
Questions? Contact us: email@example.com.
Railroad Crossing Project Update – Night work underway
Date: April 26, 2012
Contact: Rhetta Drennan, 503-823-6006, firstname.lastname@example.org
Environmental Services is continuing construction on the Railroad Crossing Project. The city’s contractor is upgrading over 1,700 feet of sewer pipe in 7 blocks.
Crews continue to work two shifts. The day shift works from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and the night shift works from 6:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. During the day shift, work takes place primarily on SE 11th Avenue and during the night shift primarily on SE 12th Avenue. The City Noise Office has approved 60 days of night and weekend work for this project.
To report noise complaints at night please call 503-823-1257. To report noise complaints during the day call 503-823-6006. For more information on noise, contact the Portland Noise Control Office at 503-823-7350 or email@example.com.
Flaggers are onsite to direct traffic through the construction zone. Construction continues to reduce traffic to a single lane through the work zones during construction hours. After work hours, the contractor covers trenches with skid-resistant steel plates to restore all traffic lanes. Cyclists should watch for loose gravel in the roadway. Please continue to obey traffic signs and flaggers for safety.
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ATTENTION: DOG OWNERS AND ABERNETHY FIELD USERS!
Portland Public Schools Facilities Dept. has allocated funding and staff to repair the field at Abernethy Elementary School starting MONDAY APRIL 30th 2012. (This field is on the South side of the school building.)
The field will be off limits to all dogs and people for 6-8 weeks (except for Powell’s Little League).
We apologize for any inconvenience this causes you, but look forward to a greener, more level, beautiful field for everyone to enjoy this summer and beyond.
300 pounds of hearty grass seed will be donated by Scott’s thanks to the Abernethy School Kitchen Garden program’s partnership with the company.
Questions? Contact Abernethy Garden Program Coordinator Sarah Sullivan at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please help us spread the word.
Prescription Drug Turn in
The Office of Neighborhood Involvement Crime Prevention Program and the Portland Police Bureau will hold a Prescription Drug Turn In event on Saturday April 28th, 2012 from 10:00AM to 2:00PM at three locations in the City of Portland.
Event: Prescription Drug Turn In. This is a free event.
When: Saturday, April 28, 2012
Where: Fred Meyer – Gateway, 1111 NE 102nd Avenue
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