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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Overlook Neighborhood Update (Feb. 17)

1) Micro-apartments proposed for Overlook Neighborhood
2) Street parking permits and more at OKNA general meeting
3) N Greeley multi-use path
4) Pools open on President’s Day
5) Apply now for dual language immersion programs


1) Micro-apartments proposed for Overlook Neighborhood

A development group has proposed building a five-story micro-apartment building with one retail space on the ground floor at 5134 N Interstate Ave. It will include 61 apartments ranging in size from 202 square feet to 243 square feet. The project will include no parking.

The projects architect will present the proposal and answer questions at Tuesday’s Overlook Neighborhood Association meeting (see below.) You can view the neighborhood notification, which includes a site plan, by clicking here.

2) Street parking permits and more at OKNA general meeting

The Overlook Neighborhood Association will hold its monthly general meeting on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Kaiser Town Hall (3704 N Interstate Ave.). We’ll hear from developers of micro-apartments on N Interstate (see above), developers of projects at 2054 N Killingsworth and 5833 N Maryland.

We’ll also discuss whether Overlook should apply to participate in a pilot street parking permit program. Neighbors have suggested the areas close to Max stops and around adidas as possible sites.

View the full agenda.

3) N Greeley multi-use path

The Portland Bureau of Transportation is proposing to 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.

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.

Contact Project Manager Nicole Peirce with questions at Nicole.Peirce@portlandoregon.gov.

4) Pools open on President’s Day

Portland Parks & Recreation pools are offering family swim and open play swim sessions on Monday, the President’s Day holiday, when many area schools do not hold classes. Sure, it might be cold outside, but it will be warmer, wetter and more fun in the pool house. Columbia Pool in North Portland and Matt Dishman Pool in Northeast will be open. Admission is $3.50 for youth and $4.50 for adults.

Columbia will be open 10-1 for family swim and 4-8 p.m. for open swim. Dishman will be open 1:15-3:45 for open swim. Open swims are for all ages. Non-swimmers and children under 48 inches tall must be supervised in the water by an adult swimmer. During Family Swim sessions, children must be accompanied in the water by their parent or guardian.

5) Apply now for dual language immersion programs

Dual language immersion education provides social, cognitive and academic benefits to children and prepares them to be successful in a competitive, global society. Portland Public Schools offers free programs in five languages: Spanish, Japanese, Mandarin, Russian and Vietnamese. Our own Overlook neighborhood school, Beach Elementary, houses the Spanish program.

The lottery period for fall kindergartners to enroll in a dual language immersion program opened on Wednesday and continues through March 2. Late entry for students in grades 1-12 is by petition. Apply and learn more on the official website.

While Spanish, Japanese and Mandarin programs often have long wait lists, the Vietnamese program is newer and therefore has more opportunity for enrollment. It will be housed at Rose City Park in NE Portland next year. Native and non-native Vietnamese families looking for a challenging, engaging and highly beneficial language and social program should apply.

An Overlook family with a kindergartener in the Vietnamese program this year is happy to answer questions about it and is available to form study groups, act as carpool partners and provide general support for families interested. Please contact Sarah Tran (st.tran@gmail.com) if you’d like to discuss the Vietnamese program with an Overlook family.

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Enrollment open for dual-language schools

Dual language immersion education provides social, cognitive and academic benefits to children and prepares them to be successful in a competitive, global society. Portland Public Schools offers free programs in five languages: Spanish, Japanese, Mandarin, Russian and Vietnamese. Our own Overlook neighborhood school, Beach Elementary, houses the Spanish program.

The lottery period for fall kindergartners to enroll in a dual language immersion program opened on Wednesday and continues through March 2. Late entry for students in grades 1-12 is by petition. Apply and learn more on the official website.

While Spanish, Japanese and Mandarin programs often have long wait lists, the Vietnamese program is newer and therefore has more opportunity for enrollment. It will be housed at Rose City Park in NE Portland next year. Native and non-native Vietnamese families looking for a challenging, engaging and highly beneficial language and social program should apply.

An Overlook family with a kindergartener in the Vietnamese program this year is happy to answer questions about it and is available to form study groups, act as carpool partners and provide general support for families interested. Please contact Sarah Tran (st.tran@gmail.com) if you’d like to discuss the Vietnamese program with an Overlook family.

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (Feb. 11)

1) Residential parking permit pilot project
2) Help updated OKNA’s bylaws
3) Trillium Charter School is enrolling students for fall
4) Winter fruit tree pruning
5) Become a stormwater star
6) Do you know a North Portland hero?
7) Don’t forget to pay the arts tax


1) Residential parking permit pilot project

The Portland Bureau of Transportation seeks neighborhoods to participate in two parking permit pilot projects. Should Overlook apply?

The Area Parking Permit (APP) Program was established in 1981 to help residents in non-metered areas address parking demand in their neighborhood due to commuters. This is done through a permit system that limits those commuters who don’t live or work in that area. Those who do have businesses or live in the area may apply to purchase a permit, allowing parking beyond the visitor limit.

These pilots will assist the city to determine what works and what doesn’t for implementing a new zone. The rules could include limiting the total number of permits in an area, limiting permits issued per residence or charging a permit surcharge to be re-invested into the APP zone to reduce parking demand.

Key criteria for consideration:

  • The area requesting the Area Parking Permit zone must work through its neighborhood association or business district association.
  • The city must agree, based on data collection, that on-street parking spaces in the area are 75 percent occupied at least four days per week.
  • The city traffic engineer must agree that the Area Parking Permit zone would promote benefits within the designated area that may include reduced traffic congestion and increased pedestrian safety.

We’ll discuss this at our general meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 20 at 6:30 p.m. at Kaiser Town Hall. If you want to share your thoughts before then, email overlookna@gmail.com.

2) Help update OKNA’s bylaws

The Overlook Neighborhood Association’s bylaws are in need of an update. We’re looking for a few 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 Feb. 28 describing yourself and why you’re interested.

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

3) Trillium Charter School is enrolling students for fall

Trillium Charter School, which is located in the Overlook Neighborhood on Interstate Avenue, is enrolling students for its fall term. There’s no fee to apply and tuition is free.

Trillium serves 365 students in grades K-12. The school follows a democratic and constructivist curriculum and school model. They teach to the whole child, tailoring curriculum to individual interests and learning styles. If you walk into a classroom, you will not see desks lined up in rows, but tables set up for collaborative work and floor space for community-building circles.

Interested families should visit the school’s website to learn more about its programs and the enrollment process. If Trillium seems like a good fit, families are invited to attend an Open House for Prospective Families (RSVP on Facebook) on Feb. 22, 5:30-7:30 p.m. If you can’t attend or want to get a sneak peak, check out an the online admissions video.

4) Winter fruit tree pruning

Are you interested in learning how to prune fruit trees? Urban Forestry planted a demonstration orchard outside of their North Portland office in 2010. The orchard includes 55 diverse fruit and nut trees, from the traditional apples, pears and cherries to paw paws, persimmons, jujubes, mulberries and medlars. These young trees are now ready for their winter pruning.

Volunteer groups will be guided by an ISA Certified Arborist and Urban Forestry staff. You will learn the difference between the types of fruit tree pruning — such as open vase and central leader. This is a great opportunity for beginners or a chance to sharpen your skills.

Advanced registration is required and limited to 20 volunteers. They recommend long pants and long sleeves, sturdy shoes and rain gear. Instruction, tools, gloves, coffee, water and snacks will be provided.

Register online. Contact Patrick Key Patrick.Key@portlandoregon.gov at with questions.

5) Become a stormwater star

This winter might have been on the dry side, but Portland still gets plenty of rain. What happens to that rain when it falls in your yard is up to you. At upcoming stormwater workshops, attendees will learn to manage the rain that falls around their home, work with fellow community members and improve local water quality.

The annual Stormwater Stars workshop series offers free stormwater management instruction and resources to Portland-area residents, practicing skills such as native plant landscaping, erosion control, runoff water reduction, soil amendment/restoration, installation of permeable pathways, sod removal and more. 2018 workshop dates are Feb 24, March 10, March 18, April 8.

Sign up today at swni.org/stormwater or contact Lorena O’Neill at stormwater@swni.org for more information.

6) Do you know a North Portland hero?

Celebrate North Portland is looking for nominations for their annual awards ceremony. This event was created to celebrate and recognize the many amazing individuals who make North Portland such a great place to live and work. If you know of an individual, nonprofit, or business that has gone above and beyond this last year you can nominate them for an award by clicking here.

7) Don’t forget to pay the arts tax

It’s tax season again, and most Portland residents owe the city of Portland $35 each to fund arts programs. Don’t forget to pay the arts tax online by April 17 to avoid a penalty. Portlanders who are younger than 18, whose household income is at or below the federal poverty level, or who had less than $1,000 income qualify for an exemption.

File and pay online here.

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (Feb. 3)

1) OKNA board meeting (Tuesday)
2) Preschool nature walks
3) Big Backyard nature photography contest
4) Spring yard and garden workshops
5) Qualify for a full college scholarship as a caddie
6) Bottle and can returns have changed


1) OKNA board meeting (Tuesday)

The Overlook Neighborhood Association Board will meet on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Historic Overlook House. Topics on the agenda include air quality, bylaws revision, presentations at the general meeting and more.

2) Preschool nature walks

Would you like your young kids to know about the natural world in Portland? The Parks and Recreation Department’s Environmental Education division offers Ladybug Nature Walks for children ages 2-6 at different Portland Parks. Walks take place on Thursday and Friday mornings at 10 and last about an hour. Each child who participates gets to borrow a little ladybug backpack containing a few simple tools for the walk. No pre-registration required – just meet at the designated meeting spot. Walks cost $3-8/child (sliding scale).

This year, walks at certain sites will be offered in both English and Spanish. At these sites Parks will have a Spanish-speaking naturalist ready to work with participating families.

Walks are coming up in February, March and April in nearby neighborhoods (map). View the entire schedule here (Spanish version of schedule).

3) Big Backyard nature photography contest

Win an annual parks pass, an overnight camping trip at Oxbow Regional Park, a tennis court session, or a round of golf for four people including cart at Glendoveer Golf and Tennis Center in the Our Big Backyard photo contest, part of Metro’s quarterly parks and nature magazine.

Submit a photo taken at a park or natural area in the greater Portland metro region, from Forest Grove in the west to the Sandy River in the east to Wilsonville in the south. (For example, the Columbia River Gorge and the Oregon Coast are not considered part of greater Portland.) The photo can be of your friends and family exploring nature, a view of wildlife or a beautiful sunset, for example.

Include a description of your experience in a 50-word caption. Where were you? What were you doing? What captured your attention? Please also include your full name.

The winner will appear on the back cover of the spring 2018 issue of Our Big Backyard.

No digitally altered photos, please. By submitting a photo, you consent to Metro’s future use and publication of your photo. One entry per person per contest. Metro employees are not eligible to enter.

Send your picture and description by Feb. 15 to ourbigbackyard@oregonmetro.gov.

4) Spring yard and garden workshops

Looking to dig up fresh ideas for your yard? East Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District has you covered. Attend a free workshop this spring. You’ll discover simple steps to creating an attractive, low-maintenance landscape that attracts beneficial wildlife, conserves water and reduces pollution.

These workshops are perfect for all levels of do-it-yourselfers and make it easy to create the yard you want. Both weekend and weeknight options available.

See the full catalog of classes, many of them in North and Northeast Portland.

5) Qualify for a full college scholarship as a caddie

Portland Parks & Recreation and the EAGLE (Early Adventures in Golf for a Lifetime of Enjoyment) caddie program seek high school student applicants for a unique internship – one which could result in a full college scholarship to the University of Oregon. The EAGLE program is a partnership between Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R), the Western Golf Association, and public high schools located within the city of Portland. The program works by introducing students to all aspects of golf course operation through paid work and instruction. Qualified students are paid an hourly wage, receive work credit hours and have a mentor who monitors their progress. In addition, scholarship opportunities valued at more than $100,000 over four years are possible through the program.

A history of or current interest in the game of golf is not required. EAGLE students successfully completing the program become eligible to apply and compete for an Evans Scholarships during their senior year of high school. This scholarship provides college tuition and housing at the University of Oregon and may be renewed for up to four years.

PP&R’s EAGLE caddie program is accepting applications from qualified freshmen currently enrolled at high schools located within the City of Portland. The deadline for applications is April 6.

Students interested in joining the EAGLE Program should contact Portland Parks & Recreation’s Carolyn Lee at carolyn.lee@portlandoregon.gov or 503-823-5076.

The deadline for applications is April 6, 2018.

Learn more about the program, including eligibility requirements.

6) Bottle and can returns have changed

If you haven’t been keeping up with the options to redeem containers since the deposit increased to 10 cents each, you might be surprised how easy it’s gotten. You no longer have to spend time feeding bottles and cans one-at-at-time into machines at the grocery store. Now you have options to drop off a bag full of your deposit containers.

You paid the deposit and you are entitled to a refund under Oregon law. Find out how to get it easily by clicking here.

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (Jan. 19)

1) PBOT requests input about Greeley
2) Congestion pricing on I-5 open house (Jan. 27)


1) PBOT requests input about Greeley

The Portland Bureau of Transportation is sending letters to residents along the Greeley corridor requesting input on the creation of a temporary bus lane.  The letter describes the project, which would create a temporary designated southbound bus lane on Greeley 6-9 a.m. in order to decrease delays with the #35 bus from Rosa Parks to Killingsworth and to encourage more people to ride the bus.

This proposed project is part of a larger push to increase traffic throughput on Greeley and improve multi-modal transportation along the Willamette Boulevard corridor. We encourage all residents to share their thoughts about the proposal with PBOT.

If you are interested in addressing transportation issues in North Portland, the next OKNA Transportation Committee meeting will take place on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Overlook House. Please contact info@overlook.org if you have any questions or are interested in participating in the committee.

OKNA Transportation Committee meeting
Wednesday, Jan. 24, 6:30 p.m.
Overlook House (3839 N Melrose Dr.)

2) Congestion pricing on I-5 open house (Jan. 27)

The Oregon Department of Transportation invites public input on the use of congestion pricing to help improve travel times and reliability on Interstate 5 and Interstate 205 in the Portland metro area.

The public is invited to share their experiences with congestion and views on congestion pricing at three upcoming open houses. The one in Multnomah County will be at the Lloyd Center on Jan. 27.

Congestion pricing, also known as value pricing or variable rate tolling, 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.

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.

A second phase of public input will take place in March, which will focus on specific concepts being considered for development of congestion pricing on I-5 and I-205.

Learn more.

Congestion pricing open house
Saturday, Jan. 27, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Lloyd Center (Level 1 between Ross and the ice rink)

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (Jan. 12)

1) Overlook Neighborhood Association meeting (Jan. 16)
2) Land use training (Jan. 31)
3) Legislative town hall with Overlook’s state delegation (Feb. 1)
4) Metro’s Community Placemaking grants


1) Overlook Neighborhood Association meeting (Jan. 16)

The Overlook Neighborhood Association will hold its January general meeting on Tuesday. We’ll hear about development plans for 2054 N Killingsworth and 5833 N Maryland. We’ll also get an update on efforts to relocate the Hazelnut Grove homeless camp and changes at adidas. View the full agenda here.

OKNA General Meeting
Tuesday, Jan. 16, 6:30-8 p.m.
Kaiser Town Hall (3704 N Interstate Ave.)

2) Land use training (Jan. 31)

Do you want to learn about how development happens in Portland? What’s allowed and what isn’t? The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability and Bureau of Development Services will offer a three-hour workshop on the basics of land use planning on  Jan. 31 at the Historic Kenton Firehouse. This event is sponsored by North Portland Neighborhood Services, Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods, and Office of Neighborhood Involvement.

This comprehensive workshop will include:

  • State land use planning laws and the land use planning system in Oregon;
  • An overview of long-range planning, including the Comprehensive Plan and the public’s role;
  • An overview of the development review planning process;
  • An interactive exercise responding to a recent land use proposal in the community.

A light meal will be provided, and registration is limited to 45 people. Contact Mary at 503-823-4099, mary@npnscommunity.org with questions and to register.

Land use training
Wednesday, Jan. 31, 6-9 p.m.
Historic Kenton Firehouse (8105 N Brandon)

3) Legislative town hall with Overlook’s state delegation (Feb. 1)

North Portland’s delegation to Salem will hold a town hall on Thursday, Feb. 1. House Speaker Tina Kotek, Rep. Tawna Sanchez and Sen. Lew Frederick will preview the 2018 short session that starts in February. They will answer residents’ questions, and they want to hear what your priorities are.

Legislative Town Hall
Thursday, Feb. 1, 6:30-8 p.m.
PCC Cascade, Terrell Hall Auditorium (TH122) (Corner of N Kerby and N Jessup)

4) Metro’s Community Placemaking grants

Metro is accepting applications for its Community Placemaking grants program for 2018. Strong applications propose projects that involve community partnerships, strengthen social ties to one another and the places where we live, work and play, support leadership roles for people of color and use art as a tool for engagement and change.

A total of $160,000 is available for the 2018 grant cycle. The deadline to apply is noon on Feb. 2. Learn more.

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (Jan. 5)

1) NET firehouse field trip (Saturday)
2) Adidas – moving trucks and more


1) NET firehouse field trip (Saturday)

The Overlook Neighborhood Emergency Team (NET) will meet Saturday, Jan. 6, for a field trip to Fire Station #24 on Interstate Avenue. The visit will include a tour, chat with the crew and orientation to this important neighborhood resource. All residents of Overlook and surrounding neighborhoods served by the station – Boise and Humboldt — are invited to attend.

NET firehouse field trip
Saturday, Jan. 6, 10-11 a.m.
Fire Station #24 (4515 N Maryland Ave.)

2) Adidas – moving trucks and more

Adidas is moving some employees from its crowded Overlook campus to the Montgomery Park building in Northwest Portland. As part of the move, the company has a permit to load trucks on Delaware Street from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and Monday to Thursday next week.

The Overlook Neighborhood Association has been in close contact with adidas officials and neighbors closest to the campus regarding use of public streets and upcoming campus construction. We’ll have a fuller update in the next issue of the Overlook Views newspaper, which will come out in February.

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (Dec. 31)

1) Happy New Year from OKNA
2) How should Portland Parks cut its budget? (Jan. 4)
3) Portland Harbor Superfund information session (Jan. 10)
4) OKNA Board meeting (Jan. 2)


1) Happy New Year from OKNA

The Overlook Neighborhood Association hopes all of our neighbors have a wonderful and safe New Year.  2017 was very busy for the neighborhood. We’ll continue to work to keep Overlook Portland’s best neighborhood. Looking ahead, we’re hopeful that some of the longstanding challenges for the neighborhood will resolve positively in 2018.

If you head out to celebrate New Year’s Eve, please be sure to keep yourself and everyone else safe. Take advantage of travel discounts:

Also remember that garbage pickup this week will be a day later than usual because of the holiday.

2) How should Portland Parks cut its budget? (Jan. 4)

Mayor Ted Wheeler has asked city bureaus to propose budgets for next year that include a 5-percent cuts. The savings of $5 to $20 million will offset increased labor, pension and inflation costs.

On Thursday, Portland Parks and Recreation will present options for budget reductions to the public. All members of the public are invited to join the conversation.

Parks budget discussion
Thursday, Jan. 4, 6-8 p.m.
Immigrant & Refugee Community Organization (10301 NE Glisan St.)

3) Portland Harbor Superfund information session (Jan. 10)

The EPA (in partnership with the Portland Harbor Community Advisory Group) will present an overall update on the Portland Harbor Superfund Site that will include an overview of the final site-wide baseline sampling plan that was recently signed with a Pre-Remedial Design group of responsible parties. The presentation will also include a brief overview of early action area work and general community involvement updates. Details about the information session are below:

Superfund information session
Wednesday, Jan. 10, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
St. Johns Community Center (8427 N Central St.)

4) OKNA Board meeting (Jan. 2)

The Overlook Neighborhood Association board will meet on Tuesday to discuss neighborhood business. View the agenda on our website.

OKNA Board Meeting
Tuesday, Jan. 2, 6:30-8 p.m.
Historic Overlook House

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (Dec. 17)

1) Happy Holidays from OKNA
2) Holiday garbage pickup
3) Travel safely New Year’s Eve


1) Happy Holidays from OKNA

The Overlook Neighborhood Association wishes everyone in the neighborhood and beyond a wonderful holiday season. Our annual holiday party on Friday was a roaring success with more than 40 neighbors in attendance. Great food and even better company were enjoyed by all.

Thank you to the organizers, especially Board Member Addie Humbert and former Board Member Tamara Maher; Daybreak Cohousing who hosted us again this year; and everyone who donated prizes for the raffle.

The weekly update will take next week off to spend solstice time with friends and family. We’ll return before New Year’s Eve.

2) Holiday garbage pickup

All Portland residents with curbside collection service will have schedule changes from December 25 through January 6. There is no collection service on Christmas Day or New Year’s Day. All pick-ups will happen one day later than usual. Pickup for Friday customers will happen on Saturday during this date range.

You can sign up for a weekly email that includes weather messages and reminders for collection days at garbagedayreminders.com.

3) Travel safely New Year’s Eve

If you’re planning to have a few adult beverages on New Year’s Eve or just to stay up later than usual, do everyone a favor and don’t get behind the wheel. Instead, the Portland Bureau of Transportation has coordinated free and discounted ride options with the Safe Ride Home program:

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