Depaving Foster, one Lot at at Time

 Depave is the local pavement-to-soil non profit, and this year they're coming to Foster in a big way. Two major events are happening this month, and the more bodies the merrier. The first is at Wild Lilac Development Community, the second at the Portland Mercado.

Depave projects are fun, friendly, and a great way to help improve your neighborhood. Depave will provide all the necessary tools, safety gear, snacks and lunch.

Past Projects

Depave isn't new to Foster, they helped with the Our Happy Block project near 82nd & Woodstock back in 2012. The project transformed a cut-through expanse of parking lot into a pleasant green oasis.


Depaving Wild Lilac

They're back again this weekend with a project at the Wild Lilac Child Development Community, located at 74th & Center. The project will transform the vast parking lot into a food-growing community garden, and make this entrance to the property much nicer to look at.

Depaving Wild Lilac
July 12th
10 am- 2:30 pm
3829 SE 74th Ave


Depaving the Portland Mercado

The second depave event on Foster is a big one: The Portland Mercado.

While the contractors are working on the interior and exterior of the soon-to-be Portland Mercado on 72nd & Foster, they've enlisted Depave and the neighbors to prep the weed infested parking lot into a green growing plaza. Read more at the Portland Mercado blog.

Depaving the Portland Mercado
July 26th
10 am- 3:00 pm
72nd & Foster

The Portland Mercado event is bigger than the usual Depave gathering, and it's sure to be the biggest depave project of the season. Please RSVP to the event to make sure depave and the Portland Mercado brings enough materials and food for everyone. Join and share the Facebook Event posting to spread the word.

Six Teams Enter, One Team Wins: Southeast Kickball Tournament

Kickball FlyerSometimes a little friendly competition is all you need to bring people together. Well, it's ON!

The brainchild of the Mt. Scott-Arleta Neighborhood Association, and funded via a Creative Engagement Grant through SE Uplift, the area-wide event sets up an SE Portland competition of kickball skills.

SE_PDX_Kickball_MAP_600pxThe  Bracket:

Arranged in an east vs west setup, Creston-Kenilworth will face off against Woodstock on Saturday, July 19th from 2-4 pm at Woodstock Park . The winner will take on Brentwood-Darlington a week later in the bid to represent the western teams on Saturday, July 26 from 2-4pm at Brentwood Park.

To the east, we'll see Lents and Foster-Powell battle on Sunday, July 20th from 2-4pm at Kern Park. The winner will compete with Mt. Scott-Arleta on Sunday, July 26 from 2-4pm at Lents Park.

It all comes to a head on Saturday, August 2nd from 2-4 pm at Arleta School, when the championship match names a winner. 

Want to compete but don't know what neighborhood you live in? Here's a general map above, but if you live on the dividing lines you may need to check out the details on

It looks like there will be a $5 suggested donation to help defray some of the costs to the neighborhood associations. No one will be turned away.

Major Development Coming to NW Lents

NAYA-site-PlanA major new development is coming to Lents, and the neighborhood association wants you to learn more about it.

Tucked into a sleepy corner of NW Lents is the shuttered Foster Elementary School (EDIT: the school site is at SE 86th & Steele). The school has been sitting vacant for years (last used as a public school in 1982, and occupied periodically since then), but it’s about to get a big dose of energy in the form of new complex of housing, education, and services provided by the Native American Youth Family Center (NAYA).


Upgrading Powell Boulevard


Hot on the heels of the Foster Road streetscape planning is a proposed transit improvement project on another neighborhood main street. Called the Powell/Division Transit and Development Project, the plan aims to identify "robust" transit improvements between Portland and Gresham along a Powell Boulevard/Division Street alignment.

All signs are pointing to this being a relatively small transit upgrade. While theoretically, light rail, dedicated bus lanes and other major changes are on the table for discussion, the project is seeking upgrades "that can be built in five to seven years."  This short time frame indicates that major upgrades involving lane reconfiguration, curb adjustment, or installing rail are extremely unlikely.

Even so, if your vision of a future Powell Blvd involves light rail, parking, protected bike lanes or dedicated bus lanes then this is the time to let them know it.

TONIGHT: Steering committee and community gathering

Feb. 27, 6 to 7:30 p.m., PCC Southeast Center

Get to know the steering committee members and each other by joining us at the first gathering for the Powell-Division project.

There are three main questions to answer:


Initial concepts indicate a route would travel along Powell Boulevard to 82nd, go north to Division and resume eastbound travel from there. But this isn't set in stone. 82nd is a congested, constrained street - would it be easier to travel to Division in the vicinity of I-205? Is it better to shift to Division farther west, around 50th?

Station Areas and Redevelopment

Where should new development go to support these transit upgrades? Are those parking lots along Powell (leftover parcels from the original Mt. Hood Freeway proposal) potential sites for new commercial or mixed use development?

Transit Type

While major transit projects in Portland tend to be Light Rail. The insiders are pointing to Bus Rapid Transit (basically, an upgraded bus line) being the preferred option for the Powell/Division project.

If BRT is selected the degree to which the line gets priority treatments like a dedicated bus lane are to be determined.

 Download the Project Fact Sheet to learn more.