It’s Time for Roseway’s Annual Clean-up Event!

Neighborhood-Cleanup-300x179Hello to Spring and that means the hugely popular Roseway Clean Up time once again! This year’s date is Saturday, May 30th, at Glenhaven Park (NE Siskiyou St and 82nd Ave) from 9am to 3pm.  This community event is a great opportunity to clean out your house, yard and garage while supporting your neighborhood at the same time. We will accept METAL, PLASTIC, YARD DEBRIS, WOOD WASTE, ELECTRONICS, BULKY WASTE and TIRES. Continue reading It’s Time for Roseway’s Annual Clean-up Event!

Community Garden Space Available

Portland Parks & Recreation’s Community Gardens Program has vacancies at some of our gardens in NE Portland we are trying to fill this spring. We hope you can help share this opportunity with your neighborhood association network or other folks you think would be interested in growing food this year. I would love to send you some fliers that we have in English and Spanish.

If people are interested, there are a few ways to sign up for a plot:

•Call the office at 503-823-1612 Monday – Friday, 8:00am – 4:30pm to complete a short intake form over the phone. Staff speak English and Spanish.

•Complete an online plot request form: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/parks/52116

We have multiple plot sizes available and the cost with a scholarship for people with limited income ranges from $6 – $25 based on the plot size.

Thanks for your help promoting these gardening opportunities in your neighborhood and let me know if you have any questions,

Chariti Montez

Tinkering Behind the Scenes

I’ve been busy in the “back room” of roseway.org. As always, I’m hoping things go flawlessly and that you haven’t noticed. That’s the way it’s supposed to be.

But…

Sometimes when I mess around with the gears and sprockets of a website, something goes wrong. If, as you browse around here you notice something isn’t working quite right, please let me know at dan@summithome.org.

Thanks for your help.

Dan (web tinkerer)

New Trees Coming to Park Blocks!

Long-lived shade trees will create signature look into the next century

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Roseway planting Feb. 14th will continue to beautify park blocks. Event time:  9am-11:30am.

Urban Forestry is adding to the romance of Roseway’s 72nd Avenue park blocks with a Valentine’s Day tree planting. The planting will help the Roseway Neighborhood Association complete Phase One of a decade-long effort to rejuvenate and beautify the four blocks.  Some 19 trees purchased with money from the City’s Tree Planting and Preservation Fund will help fill gaps in a massive planting done back in 2003. That earlier planting was needed because row after row of identical clones of Thundercloud plum planted by civic boosters back in the 1950s were dying out. One of the drawbacks of that uniform planting of a single clone of plum is that all the trees die after about 50 years.

Neighborhood resident Sean Batty envisioned replacing the monoculture on 72nd Avenue with different species of longer-lived trees, namely chestnuts, oaks and hackberries. Supported by the City of Portland and Chad Honl from Friends of Trees, some 80 trees were planted on Nov. 15, 2003. About 75% of those trees survived to become established and are well on their way to becoming magnificent shade trees. The new planting is to fill gaps in the perimeter left by trees that were hit by cars or didn’t survive for one reason or another.

Because chestnuts and oaks have thrived in the park blocks, the new planting will showcase additional members of Fagaceae, a great family of 600 species that contains oaks, chestnuts and beeches among others. Not only will that add to the botanical education value of the blocks, but the new beeches, oaks and chestnuts will become large trees.  With potential lifespans well over a century, these trees’ spreading canopies will also provide Roseway with significant summer shade, cooling the air on hot summer days, absorbing road noise from nearby Sandy Boulevard , and prolonging the life of street pavement.

Batty has said of Phase One that “…the project demonstrates how citizens and bureau can work together to achieve great results.”  He already envisions a future Phase 2 that at each end of each block will combine the vibrant fall color of ginkgos and katsuras with spring-flowering trees set off by evergreen sequoias. The result will create a majestic local legacy for Roseway residents well into the next century.

For more information contact Portland Parks & Recreation Urban Forestry at 503-823-8779 or karl.dawson@portlandoreogn.gov.

To sign up to help with the planting click here.

Click here to see a gallery of previous tree plantings. 

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