Mount Tabor’s Maple Entrance: Neighbors Ask for Long-Delayed Southern Park Access

tabor_2Mount Tabor Park is indisputably one of Portland’s crown jewels, a stunning ancient volcanic cone that’s home to some of the most beautiful forest, wildlife and views the city has to offer.

Initially proposed by the famous Olmstead Brothers, the pioneering designers of many of the nation’s great parks, Mt. Tabor is one of the most popular parks in the city.

Beginning as a Water Bureau facility –which it still is, in part –the park was designed by one of Portland’s first Parks directors, the landscape architect Emanuel Tillman Mische, in 1929. Mische began his career with the Olmsteads before coming to Oregon, where he was part of the team that created Crater Lake National Park, among many other iconic northwest parks.

Within Portland Parks and Recreation’s designation system, Mt. Tabor is a “metropolitan park,” meaning it is intended to serve the citizens of the entire city. And residents to the west, north and east have easy access to its charms.

Those to the south, not so much.

But it wasn’t supposed to be that way. Mische’s original park plan included the “Maple Entrance,” a major park entryway from the south at Division and 64th Avenue. (more…)

Bellrose Station Volunteer Build Day – This Saturday!

We’ve talked about this before, and the day has arrived: ROSE Community Development is bringing the southeast community together to build a new playground in the Lents neighborhood!

The reasons are many –we all know that kids in East Portland don’t have access to the parks and playgrounds they need. Too many of them play in parking lots, or just don’t go outside at all.

But this Saturday will be a chance for neighbors to pitch in to help by building a playground from the ground up, all in one day! (more…)

Could Your Alley Be This Awesome?

AA_onBlackFor the last few months, PSU grad students have been working hand-in-hand with Foster area neighbors in Lents, Mt. Scott-Arleta and Foster-Powell to learn about the struggles and benefits of living next to an alleyway. They’ve gathered your stories, concerns and ideas, and explored what opportunities existed to build on the strengths and overcome the problems. What they’ve come up with might knock your socks off. Check out some of the ‘visions’ they’ve created as inspiration: (more…)

Sunday Parkways Comes to Foster

sundayEvery year for the last 3 years, Portland has done something crazy: they open a loop of streets  for everyone in the neighborhoods to enjoy. This Sunday (Mothers Day!) is the first one of the 2013 season, and it’s in our neck of the woods.

For this one day from 11 am – 4 pm, car access is blocked or controlled along the route, and the full street is available for neighbors to roll, walk, skate, bike and jog. The Loop goes from park to park on quiet streets and bikeways called Neighborhood Greenways.  The east Portland loop is takes advantage of the awesome Springwater Corridor for about 1/4 of the route. Each park is filled with activities, vendors, food, and information. (more…)

Laurelwood Park Past, Future and Abe Lincoln

Neighborhood Coalition Group the Foster Green EcoDistrict has hit the ground running with active projects this week, the first being a community-driven plan to “refresh” Laurelwood Park. The triangle-shaped .42 acre park is a quiet gem in our neighborhoods, and remains underutilized outside of large events such as Fun on Foster. This vision will be the stepping stone to ask for funding for implementation, and it is important to have broad community support and input. Do you have new ideas for Laurelwood Park? Want to see it stay the same? Please attend this meeting and make sure your voice is heard. (more…)

Rose CDC: 20 Years of Building Community

Many Foster folks don’t know the name of “Rose CDC,” but they know the work Rose has done in our area.

Rose Community Development Corporation built the new playground at Marysville School. They’ve hosted workshops for first-time homebuyers and for homeowners facing foreclosure. They’ve been key players in the Lents Urban Renewal Area, the East Portland Action Plan and the Wickman Community Center projects, to name just a few.

And they’ve converted dozens of run-down apartments into beautiful, stable homes that elevate our neighborhoods instead of diminishing them. (more…)