Overlook Neighborhood Update (April 13)

1) OKNA General Meeting
2) Free spay/neuter for cats
3) Register to vote by April 24
4) Landslide zones in Overlook
5) Portland is fixing potholes
6) Portland water survey


1) OKNA General Meeting

Join your neighbors on Tuesday, April 17 at the Overlook Neighborhood Association General Meeting. We’ll learn about the city’s Residential Infill Project, receive an update on the residential development project at 1935 N Killingsworth St., and hear about what’s going on at the Hazelnut Grove homeless camp and Greeley Forest Garden. The full agenda is available here.

2) Free spay/neuter for cats

FCCO-spring-special2018 flyerSpring is in the air, and that’s the season for kitty love. Cats are breeding, including the feral felines that live in the neighborhood. Getting cats spayed/neutered this Spring will reduce nuisance behaviors like yowling, cat flights and spraying, and it will prevent unwanted litters of kittens this summer.

The Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon is offering a free spay/neuter special for feral and stray cats through May 15. Make an appointment today and use promo code: spring18. Call 503-797-2606 or visit feralcats.com to schedule your appointment. FCCO is located in SW Portland just off I-5.  

Individuals feeding feral or stray cats qualify for free services, regardless of income or where they live. Pet cat prices are on a sliding scale starting at $15. Make sure your kitty is healthy and kitten-free for life.

Learn more by clicking on the image to see the official flyer.

3) Register to vote by April 24

The May 15 primary election is fast approaching. Several important local races will appear on the ballot including two contested City Council seats. April 24 is the last day for voters to change their party registration. Please make sure your voter registration is up-to-date and remind your friends to do the same.

If you have recently moved, changed your name, or haven’t received a ballot in a while, please ensure that your registration is updated. You can check or update your registration status by visiting the State Election Division’s online portal.

This year, the Independent Party of Oregon (IPO) has opened its primary election to non-affiliated voters. Those voters may vote in the IPO primary election without changing their registration by requesting an IPO ballot from their local county clerk by clicking here to download the form and instructions.

The Democratic and Republican parties again this year will use closed primaries to select their nominees. Only registered members of the party may participate.

As usual, non-affiliated voters and members of minor political parties that do not participate in the IPO primary will be mailed a ballot that includes all nonpartisan races for which they are eligible to vote.

The state’s minor political parties hold their own nominating processes for partisan offices, usually after the May Primary. View a list of all of the state’s political parties with information and links about how to contact them.

4) Landslide zones in Overlook

The Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI) has completed a study mapping landslide hazard areas in Multnomah County, and it found several in Overlook. Check out their interactive map to see if your home is at risk. You can also read about steps homeworkers can take to reduce their risk.

“Even a few inches of movement during landslides can cause serious damage,” says Bill Burns, engineering geologist and lead author of the DOGAMI study. “Thousands of landslides have occurred in Multnomah County since the 1970s, and are continuing to happen every year.”

The study, which included the cities of Portland, Gresham, Troutdale, Fairview, and Wood Village, shows areas where taking action to reduce landslide risk could make a big difference. About 37,000 people live in and about $8.7 billion in buildings and land value are located in areas with high landslide susceptibility. About 6,700 of those people and $1.65 billion of building and land value is atop land that’s actually slid in the past.

5) Portland is fixing potholes

Late winter freezes and snow flurries left Portland streets with hundreds of potholes. Crews with the Portland Bureau of Transportation quickly switched from snow and ice clearing to pothole patching, placing extra crews on pothole work to get through a backlog of more than 500 reports submitted by everyday Portlanders.

For two weeks in March, PBOT assigned nine crews to focus on repairing potholes on city streets, up from the two crews assigned to potholes on a normal day. Workers who typically would be re-paving roads, patching utility cuts or other preventive maintenance were spreading hot asphalt instead.

Crews filled almost 1,445 potholes at more than 350 locations — more than two months’ worth of patches in just two weeks. From March 19 to March 30, the number of pending pothole requests from the public dropped from 297 to 51, as crews responded to reports, often filling multiple potholes at each location.

Report potholes by phone at 503-823-1700, or email pdxroads@portlandoregon.gov or using the PDXReporter.org  web site.

Learn more.

6) Portland water survey

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:

  • Corrosion control: Reducing the corrosiveness of Bull Run drinking water to minimize lead in home plumbing from entering drinking water, and
  • Bull Run Filtration: Installation of a filtration plant to remove potential contaminants such as Cryptosporidium.

The Water Bureau wants to hear from residents 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 to tell the Water Bureau what matters to you most about the quality of your drinking water and the filtration plant.

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (April 8)

1) Residential Infill notices
2) Public hearing on adidas expansion
3) Multi-Use Path on Greeley – Answers
4) Congestion pricing on Interstate 5


1) Residential Infill notices

The city has sent out notices to single-family homes whose zoning could change if the Residential Infill Project moves forward.

Owners of more than 135,000 properties recently received the mailing. This is required by state law whenever a change in the zoning could affect the value of a property — up or down. Addresses were pulled from the County Assessor’s Office.

Overlook residents and all of Portland should pay attention to these proposed changes because they could alter the character of residential neighborhoods in coming years.

The first thing to know is that these changes are proposals — not the law. You can learn more about them and tell the Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) what you think. Any new rules must be adopted by City Council before they become effective. And before adoption, they are refined and changed based on public testimony, as well as PSC and City Council amendments.

These proposals do not require you to sell your house or do anything to your property or home. They would only apply if you add to your existing house or build a new unit on your land.

Here’s a simple summary of the proposed new rules. You can also learn more on this city site.

2) Public hearing on adidas expansion

Adidas recently put up signs around its campus announcing public “design advice request” meetings with the City Design Commission about its proposed expansion. The meetings will take place on April 26 at 1:30 p.m. and May 24 at 1:30 p.m. Both meetings will be at 1900 SW Fourth Ave., Room 2500A.

There will be an opportunity at the meetings to provide oral and written comment on the project.

Adidas has proposed constructing three buildings on its campus in Overlook: a five-story building on the existing visitor parking lot that will include below-ground parking, a three-story building on the tennis courts and a single-story loading dock in the northwest corner of the campus west of N Greeley Avenue.

Read the formal statement here.

3) Multi-Use Path on Greeley – Answers

At the March Overlook Neighborhood Association General Meeting, Nicole Peirce from the Portland Bureau of Transportation updated neighbors about the upcoming Multi-Use Path on N Greeley Avenue. It will provide new bike and pedestrian travel lanes.

Several questions remained at the end of Peirce’s presentation. She agreed to send answers and has done so. Please see below. Peirce also has offered to return to update the neighborhood closer to the start of construction. We’ll be sure to take her up on that.

Answers from Nicole Peirce:

Did PBOT consider a road diet? Yes, we are looking at various lane reconfigurations for N Greeley.  While we will not be doing a road diet as part of this project, the construction staging will likely require closing a lane in each direction.  This will be a good test to see how Greeley would perform if we did a lane reconfiguration.

What will be the duration of the bike signal?  At least eight seconds of green time.  Discussion is ongoing with the signals engineers.  We will monitor and adjust the timing as needed once the signal is activated.  Also, the diagonal bike movement will be concurrent with southbound vehicles turning left and westbound vehicles turning right.

How will we maintain the MUP? Turns out we do have a small sweeper that will fit on the path.  I’ve been in contact with the supervisors of sweeping in that area so they can figure out how to incorporate sweeping of the path in their workplan.

Where do pedestrians go from the north end of the path?  There are a couple of options for pedestrians at the north end of the path:

There is an existing crosswalk where pedestrians can cross from the east side of the roadway to the west side and then continue north on the sidewalk along the west side of N Greeley.

Pedestrians can also go north along the east side of N Greeley to the stairs on the north side of N Going.  These stairs lead down to the sidewalk/path along the north side of N Going.

What if a bike doesn’t trigger the loops?  In the unlikely event that a cyclist finds their bike is not triggering the loops, please contact PBOT.  We will send our maintenance folks out to adjust the sensitivity of the loop amplifiers until we get the system dialed in.

What if a car breaks down and there are no shoulders? Since there will be two lanes in each direction, a motorist with car trouble would be able to stop in the right-hand travel lane. Working within the cross section space available, the PBOT design team made the decision to eliminate shoulders to be able to accommodate a separated MUP.  The team feels that the safety benefit of the separated MUP outweighs the benefit of having shoulders on this stretch of road.

4) Congestion pricing on Interstate 5

The Oregon Department of Transportation will hold four public open houses in April to discuss the use of congestion pricing to help improve travel times and reliability on Interstate 5 and Interstate 205 in the Portland area. In addition, an online open house with information about the plan is open through April 19.

ODOT also will visit the Overlook Neighborhood Association General Meeting on May 15 to let residents know how the plans might affect North Portland specifically. Stay tuned for more information in upcoming OKNA emails. In the meantime, residents can start to learn about and comment on the proposal.

The public may share experiences with congestion and express their views on congestion pricing either online or at the upcoming open houses in Oregon City, Tigard, Southeast Portland and Northeast Portland near Portland International Airport:

  • Thursday, April 12, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Museum of Oregon Territory, 211 Tumwater Drive, Oregon City.
  • Saturday, April 14, 10 a.m. to noon, Ron Russell Middle School, 3955 S.E. 112th, Portland.
  • Wednesday April 18, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Tigard Public Works Auditorium, 8777 S.W. Burnham St., Tigard.
  • Saturday April 21, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Embassy Suites Airport, Pine Room, 7900 N.E. 82nd, Portland.

Congestion pricing, also known as value pricing, refers to tolling options that are specifically designed to improve traffic flow. Congestion pricing systems charge higher prices for driving on a road when demand is greater, in the morning and evening rush hours, for example.

Some drivers choose to travel on other routes, at different times of the day or on other modes of transportation. Communities across the US have found these tools effective in improving traffic conditions and enhancing travel time reliability.

The open houses will be informal, drop-in events with ODOT project team members stationed throughout the room to provide materials, discuss the options and answer questions.

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (April 1)

1) Help improve N Willamette Boulevard – Survey
2) Comment on the city’s budget
3) OKNA Board meeting


1) Help improve N Willamette Boulevard – Survey

North PDX Connected is an active transportation plan to improve safety and access for non-motorized travel within the N Willamette Boulevard corridor. They are seeking input from community members about how residents and users would improve Willamette and surrounding streets such as N Greeley Avenue and N Ainsworth Street. The anonymous survey takes about 5-10 minutes to complete.

Your input will be used by the project team — five students in Portland State University’s Master of Urban and Regional Planning program — to guide their final recommendations for the corridor. The project client, Willamette Corridor Mobility Coalition (WCMC), intends to present the plan to PBOT for implementation.

Take the survey here.

2) Comment on the city’s budget

It’s budget-writing season down at City Hall, and city council is hosting several forums to hear from residents about their priorities for city spending. They will come to North Portland on Tuesday, April 17, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Roosevelt High School, Commons (6941 N Central St.)

Testimony tickets will be available an hour and a half prior to start time. They will be drawn at random throughout the course of the event. Each speaker will have two minutes to address the Council.

Please see these links for details about the budget process and for other ways to make your voice heard:

3) OKNA Board meeting

The Overlook Neighborhood Association Board will meet Tuesday, April 3, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Historic Overlook House. On the agenda this month are the Hazelnut Grove homeless camp, small grants, planning the next edition of Overlook Views and more.

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (March 24)

1) OKNA statement on off-road cycling at the Dog Bowl
2) Adidas expansion
3) Overlook Eggstravaganza Easter egg hunt (March 31)
4) Friends of Overlook House seeks part-time night tour guide
5) Share your thoughts about Hazelnut Grove homeless camp


1) OKNA statement on off-road cycling at the Dog Bowl

At the Overlook Neighborhood Association general meeting on Tuesday, residents voted to urge the Portland Parks Board not to support converting the Dog Bowl into an off-road cycling park.

OKNA therefore submitted written testimony to that effect. In addition, OKNA Board Chair Chris Trejbal will attempt to testify at the public hearing on April 3.

Read the full letter and bike proposal here. An excerpt:

Dozens of people visit the Dog Bowl most days. Families and workers at nearby businesses walk its informal trail network, eat lunch, exercise their dogs, have a moment of quiet reflection or simply enjoy the views overlooking the Willamette River, Swan Island and the West Hills. These people come from Overlook and surrounding neighborhoods. Most arrive on foot or by bike. The Dog Bowl is a gathering place, a public commons where neighbors and friends meet to enjoy the outdoors and catch up with each other.

We recognize the need for infrastructure to support the city’s off-road biking enthusiasts, but the Dog Bowl is not a suitable site. Instead, we urge Parks and Recreation to acquire the property and make modest improvements that facilitate walking, running, enjoyment of the outdoors and off-leash dog play.

If plans move forward, it is imperative that a broad community engagement process take place so that the Dog Bowl continues to serve the diverse communities and users who live nearby and who visit this unique corner of North Portland.

2) Adidas expansion

Officials from adidas attended the OKNA meeting on Tuesday to present proposed plans for expansion of their North American headquarters campus in Overlook. Major elements of the plan include:

  • A three-story building with a gym and café where the existing tennis court is.
  • A five-story building with office space with several stories of underground parking where the visitor parking lot near the employee store currently is.
  • A three-story building with additional dining and meeting spaces between the existing black and green buildings on the west side of N Greeley Avenue. A temporary tent is going up to house employee dining facilities until this one is complete.
  • A new loading dock on the west side of Greeley and elimination of the dock on the east side.
  • A realigned entryway into the campus for vehicles.

Also, as previously announced, the employee store will move to Montgomery Park some time around June, and it will remain there permanently.

Officials with the company say that when building is complete they will have enough parking to handle all visitors and employees. Hopefully that will eliminate conflicts on neighborhood streets. The images below show the current campus and the proposed changes. Click on them to enlarge.

Adidas has pledged to keep the neighborhood informed about the project as it moves forward. To keep in the loop, check this weekly neighborhood update and watch for presentations at neighborhood meetings. In the meantime, direct questions to adidas at overlook@adidas.com and to OKNA at chair@overlookneighborhood.org.

3) Overlook Eggstravaganza Easter egg hunt (March 31)

Don’t forget that the Easter Bunny will hop by Overlook House next weekend. Bring your basket to find hundreds of eggs containing treats, treasures and tiny toys on the lawns of Overlook House (3839 N Melrose Dr.). If you discover one of 12 shining Golden Eggs, turn it in to win a special prize.

The hunt will take place on Saturday, March 31, promptly at 10:30 a.m., rain or shine, so wear your raincoat and rain boots if it’s wet. Don’t be late. This popular annual hunt is over in three winks of a bunny’s eye.

The Eggstravaganza is sponsored annually by the Friends of Overlook House especially for Overlook neighborhood children.

4) Friends of Overlook House seeks part-time night tour guide

The Friends of Overlook House, the nonprofit that operates the neighborhoods iconic home on the bluff, seeks a part-time tour night staff person. The right candidate will be a friendly person to oversee the Thursday Tour Night. Open House Hours are 4:50-8:10 (3 hours/week). The wage is $12.75/hour.

Primary duties include showcasing the Overlook House, giving tours, answering questions and light clerical duties. Qualifications include exceptional communication skills and previous customer service experience. Send your résumé or letter of interest to HROverlookHouse@gmail.com.

Questions? Contact Marsha Parks at 503-280-8052 or by email at the above address.

5) Share your thoughts about Hazelnut Grove homeless camp with researcher

Stephen Przybylinski, a doctoral student at Syracuse University conducting a year-long research project on homelessness in Portland, attended this week’s OKNA general meeting to tell neighbors a little bit about his work and to invite residents to share their thoughts about homelessness and the Hazelnut Grove homeless camp in Overlook specifically.

Stephen’s research is examining the more-organized, self-managed encampments throughout the city: Hazelnut Grove, Right 2 Dream, Kenton Women’s Village and Dignity Village. He is interested in speaking with neighbors located near the encampments, ideally with people who have been present for discussions about them, such as with OKNA and Hazelnut Grove.

He would like to interview residents in Overlook who are willing to talk about their experiences and concerns with the operations of Hazelnut Grove, the city’s approach to sheltering individuals in these types of camps, and the larger homeless emergency policies implemented by Portland.

If you’re interested in sharing your thoughts, you can reach Stephen at przybylinski.stephen@gmail.com.

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Comment on using the Dog Bowl for off-road bike trails by Friday

Several Overlook Neighborhood residents have shared concerns about the future of the Dog Bowl with the OKNA board in light of a draft city proposal to use the area for off-road bicycle trails. You can read the full draft report online. The draft report would recommend closing existing trails, habitat restoration and installing a loop trail for bikes.

The opportunity to comment in writing on the proposal – either for or against – ends Friday at 1 p.m. Submit written testimony (five pages or less) to the Parks Board by emailing it to Hailee.Vandiver@portlandoregon.gov. The Parks Board will consider written comments before making recommendations on the draft plan. The written comments also will be shared with the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, which is responsible for making revisions to the report.

Individuals also may try to testify at the Parks Board meeting on April 3, 3-5 p.m. at 1900 SW 4th Ave., 7th Floor, Conference Room 7A. Speaking slots are very limited, though, so the best opportunity is written testimony.

Effective written testimony will express how the proposal affects users, not simply express support or opposition without clear reasons.

The OKNA board will discuss this matter briefly at the neighborhood general meeting tonight. The meeting begins at 6:30 at the Kaiser Town Hall on N Interstate. We will decide whether to submit written testimony and have the chair attend the Parks Board meeting to try and testify in person.

The City Council will have final say over the plan and individual projects, so residents will have another chance to influence the decision in a few months. OKNA will keep you informed.

 

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (March 16)

1) Adidas expansion, traffic and more at the March neighborhood meeting
2) Greeley multi-use path
3) Willamette Boulevard Mobility Project
4) Overlook Eggstravaganza Easter egg hunt (March 31)
5) Take a safe ride home on St. Patrick’s Day


1) Adidas expansion, traffic and more at the March neighborhood meeting

Meet your neighbors at the monthly Overlook Neighborhood Association general meeting on Tuesday, March 20, 6:30-8:30 p.m. We’ll meet upstairs at Kaiser Town Hall (3704 N Interstate Ave.).
This month, adidas will unveil its expansion plans that include two new buildings on its campus in the north part of the neighborhood. A Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) Representative will talk about the Greeley Avenue multi-use path plans (see below), and the Willamette Boulevard Mobility Project will talk about transportation safety (see further below).

Check out the full agenda.

2) Greeley multi-use path

Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) has proposed build the N Greeley Multi-Use Path, a two-way, one-mile path on the east side of N Greeley Avenue from N Going Street to N Interstate Avenue. The two-way bicycle and pedestrian facility will be protected from vehicle traffic with continuous concrete barriers.

The PBOT capital project manager overseeing the project will join us at Tuesday’s OKNA general meeting to present it and answer questions.

N Greeley Avenue is a busy, high-speed road with heavy freight vehicle traffic. This project will protect cyclists and pedestrians behind a continuous concrete barrier connecting North Portland neighborhoods and businesses with the Rose Quarter. In addition, the project will widen the outside lanes to better accommodate truck traffic and increase the buffer between opposing traffic lanes.

Learn more about the project in advance of the meeting online.

3) Willamette Boulevard Mobility Project

Five Master of Urban and Regional Planning students at Portland State University are completing a capstone planning project for the Willamette Corridor Mobility Committee. The project objective is to develop a community-driven active transportation plan that improves safety and accessibility along the N Willamette Boulevard corridor that can be presented to the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) for implementation. The team will maintain contact with PBOT in order to ensure that the plan and outreach process are compatible with PBOT standards.

The outreach process aims to gather input from stakeholders, community representatives and residents who use the corridor, with some engagement activities targeted towards groups who are less often involved in the planning process (youth, people of color, low income, etc.). They will attend the OKNA general meeting on Tuesday as part of that engagement.

The team hopes to involve each of the peninsula’s neighborhood associations in the development of the plan, and would like to start by informing residents about the problem and process. This document provides an overview of the project so that residents can come to the meeting with a basic understanding of the issue and objective. This meeting will be a great opportunity for residents to meet the team, hear about where they are in the process, learn how to stay involved and informed, ask questions, and (time permitting) give some preliminary input. The team hopes to focus more on gathering input through engagement (brainstorming, mapping, etc.) activities at the April meeting. Residents will also have the opportunity to complete a survey that will be discussed at the upcoming meeting.

4) Overlook Eggstravaganza Easter egg hunt (March 31)

The Easter Bunny is running a little late this year, but he will be right on time as he hops by Overlook House soon in a couple of weeks. Bring your basket to find hundreds of eggs containing treats, treasures and tiny toys on the lawns of Overlook House (3839 N Melrose Dr.). If you discover one of 12 shining Golden Eggs, turn it in to win a special prize.

The hunt will take place on Saturday, March 31, promptly at 10:30 a.m, rain or shine, so wear your raincoat and rain boots if it’s wet. Don’t be late. This popular annual hunt is over in three winks of a bunny’s eye.

The Eggstravaganza is sponsored annually by the Friends of Overlook House especially for Overlook neighborhood children.

5) Take a safe ride home on St. Patrick’s Day

The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) will offer discounted taxi, Lyft and Uber rides on Saturday as part of it’s Safe Ride Home program for Portlanders celebrating St. Patrick’s Day. The Safe Ride Home initiative makes it easy to celebrate responsibly by providing Portlanders with discounted travel options.

The Safe Ride Home program is offering people the following discounted and inexpensive travel options on Saturday for St. Patrick’s Day:

  • Up to $20 savings on taxi rides with Radio Cab, Broadway Cab, Union Cab, New Rose City Cab, New Green Cab, PDX Yellow Cab and United Independent Cab. Coupons will be available for pickup on St. Patrick’s Day from participating businesses and Portland Police Bureau officers in the Central City.
  • A $5 savings on rides with Lyft and Uber. Riders can access the discount by entering a promo code into their apps. For Lyft, use promo code SAFERIDEHOME. For Uber, use promo code SAFERIDEPDX. Promo codes will be available beginning at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 17 through 4 a.m. on Sunday, March 18.
  • Take TriMet (only $2.50 for an adult pass for the bus or MAX) or Portland Streetcar ($2.00 for an adult pass).

Learn more.

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (March 11)

1) Learn about adidas’ expansion plans
2) Show off your garden


1) Learn about adidas’ expansion plans

Overlook residents have been wondering for months what adidas has in store for its expansion at its North American Headquarters. The wait is nearly over. Adidas will share its plans at two upcoming meetings.

First, on Thursday, March 15, adidas invites immediate neighbors of the campus to attend special meeting for a preview of the plans. This meeting is for only people who live adjacent to the campus. It will start at 6 p.m. in the yellow building. An adidas employee will meet neighbors at the door and direct them to the conference room.

Then, at the OKNA General Meeting on Tuesday, March 20, adidas officials will join the entire neighborhood to share its plans. That meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. and will be at the Kaiser Town Hall. Check out next week’s update for a full agenda for the meeting.

If you are not an immediate neighbor who lives within one block of the adidas campus, please wait five days for the general meeting. The Thursday meeting is for adidas to engage with the people who might be most directly impacted by the expansion and construction.

2) Show off your garden

East Multnomah Soil, Water and Conservation District is organizing its 2018 Naturescaped Yard Tour, which will take place on Saturday, May 12. Does your yard show the hard work of a DIY gardener? Have you combined naturescaping ideas, stormwater features and native plants into your landscape? Even if only part of your yard is ready to show, EMSWCD wants to know about it. Hosting is a fun way to share your naturescaping experience with other gardening fans.

To apply, fill out their online questionnaire. If your garden is selected as a potential stop on the tour Yard Tour Organizer Angela will contact you in late March to schedule a visit to your yard. Deadline to apply is March 18.

The district also is looking for tour volunteers. Learn more here.

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (March 4)

1) Parking permits and graffiti
2) Keep your cars locked
3) Sunday Parkways – Save the dates
4) Justice for Brian Spaulding
5) OKNA Board meeting


1) Parking permits and graffiti

At the March 1 Overlook Neighborhood Association meeting (postponed from Feb. 20), neighborhood residents discussed whether we should apply for a Portland Bureau of Transportation parking permit pilot program. After a robust discussion about the pros and cons, neighbors decided not to apply. We’ll let other neighborhoods try things out and see what works.

Neighbors at the meeting also voted to submit a letter of support for the city’s graffiti abatement program. The Office of Neighborhood Involvement’s budget proposal lists it as something it will cut if asked to reduce its budget in the next fiscal year. Read the full letter.

2) Keep your cars locked

Security for adidas patrol their campus, and they try to keep an eye on surrounding streets. During a patrol on a recent night, the security team saw a homeless individual entering a neighbors vehicle. They contacted Portland Police who soon arrived on the scene. Because there were no signs of damage, the responding officer sent the individual on his way.

Thank you to adidas security for helping keep the neighborhood safe. The owner of the vehicle no doubt would have been quite surprised in the morning to find someone sleeping in the backseat.

Everyone should remember that we live in a city. Most people you encounter on the streets are friendly, but a few people will take advantage of an unlocked door, and some of them will do more than sleep. Remember to keep your vehicles locked and not to leave anything valuable visible.

3) Sunday Parkways – Save the dates

It’s almost summer time and that means it’s time to hit the streets of Portland for another round of Sunday Parkways. During these events, the Portland Bureau of Transportation shuts down local streets to vehicles. Bikers and pedestrians can move at their own pace, exploring neighborhoods and seeing special presentations and activities at stops.

Sunday Parkways will return to North Portland on June 24 and passes through part of Overlook. The 9.5 mile double loop will include Peninsula Park Rose Gardens, Harper’s Playground, Kenton Park and McCoy Park, as well. Mark your calendar now.

4) Justice for Brian Spaulding

Brian Spaulding, son of OKNA Board Member George Spaulding, was shot and killed last year. The detectives working his case found no evidence of robbery and have very little to go off of. Neighbors interviewed stated that they had heard no gunshots and were perplexed and in disbelief.

Whether Brian was outside working on his motorcycle or building a forge, he always had a smile and a wave for passersby.

Brian’s family and friends are more than three-quarters of the way to raising $20,000 to supplement a Crime Stoppers of Oregon reward for information leading to the arrest of the perpetrators. Learn more about how you can support their effort to bring Justice For Brian Spaulding at their GoFundMe page.

5) OKNA Board meeting

The Overlook Neighborhood Association Board will meet on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Historic Overlook House. The agenda includes a discussion about the heritage tree on Overlook Terrace and a Bylaws Review Committee. The meeting is open to the public.

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (Feb. 24)

1) Rescheduled OKNA General Meeting (March 1)
2) Crossing Greeley at adidas
3) Visitors to adidas on Tuesday evening (Feb. 27)
4) Help update OKNA’s bylaws


1) Rescheduled OKNA General Meeting (March 1)

The February Overlook Neighborhood General Meeting was postponed due to snow this week. We will gather on Thursday, March 1 at 6:30 p.m. at the Kaiser Town Hall (3704 N Interstate Ave.). At the meeting, we will hear from developers with proposals in the neighborhood, discuss whether to apply for a pilot street parking permit program and sending a letter to the city supporting the Graffiti Abatement Program. See the revised agenda for details.

2) Crossing Greeley at adidas

Adidas message to employees.

Overlook neighbors know how busy N Greeley Avenue gets, especially in the morning and afternoon weekday rush hours. The light at the adidas campus is a choke point, especially when pedestrians use it instead of the footbridge. Pedestrians and bicyclists should try to use the footbridge whenever possible. It’s safer and it allows traffic to flow more smoothly.

Adidas officials sent a note to employees urging them to do the same.

3) Visitors to adidas on Tuesday evening (Feb. 27)

Fans of the Portland Timbers will gather at the adidas campus on Tuesday evening for a signing event with one of the team’s stars. The Timbers Army issued 250 tickets to members for the event, and each ticket is good for up to two people. Expect some additional traffic and parking on Tuesday starting about 6 p.m. around the adidas campus.

4) Help update OKNA’s bylaws

The Overlook Neighborhood Association seeks residents to serve on a Bylaws Review Committee to review our governing document and suggest changes. We hope residents will bring diverse views to this short-term project that should wrap up by summer.

If you’re interested in participating, send an email to chair@overlookneighborhood.org by Wednesday, Feb. 28 describing yourself and why you’re interested.

Any bylaws changes will go to the membership for a vote before adoption.

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OKNA MEETING TONIGHT CANCELED

Due to forecast inclement weather, the Overlook Neighborhood Association meeting scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 20 has been canceled.

We have rescheduled the meeting for Thursday, March 1 at 6:30 at the Kaiser Town Hall (3704 N Interstate Ave.). We will include a revised agenda with the weekly update this weekend.

Stay safe and stay warm out there.

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