Nadaka Nature Park has events for everyone to enjoy this week! Join us for our Summer Garden Workshop Tuesday July 28th at 5:30pm, Tadpole Tales Wednesday July 29th at 10:00am, and the Nadaka Cleanup Event Saturday August 1st at 9:00am! We look forward to seeing you at these events! Please spread the word and bring a friend.
Monthly guided Bird Walks at Nadaka Nature Park will help you brush up on your birding basics and identification. This is a family friendly event open to beginners and advance bird watchers. If you have your own binoculars great! If not we will have some for you to borrow! Meet us at the picnic structure this Saturday July 25th 8:00 am. We look forward to seeing you there!
Part-time Surveyors Needed for Nadaka Community Survey in Rockwood
The Columbia Slough Watershed Council, Audubon Society of Portland, and the Friends of Nadaka are looking for qualified candidates to work 10 hours a week helping conduct a community survey at Nadaka Nature Park between July 28 to August 22. The goal of the survey is to collect information on how people are using the park and the types of programs or events they would like to have present at Nadaka. Nadaka Nature Park is located at 17615 NE Glisan St. next to St. Aidan’s Church.
To Apply: Applicants should send a short letter of interest, a resume, and one personal and one professional reference to Jim Labbe by July 16th, 2015. Please put “Nadaka Survey Applicant” in the subject line.
Click the link below for full position description.
The Friends of Nadaka are forming an Ambassador program to involve volunteers who are willing to volunteer at Nadaka. Some things Ambassadors may do will be walk through the park to be eyes on the park, talk to people and perhaps pick up any litter they see. The program is brand new and we need volunteers with suggestions and the desire to improve Nadaka. Come to help the Friends of Nadaka figure out what an Ambassador will do.
Everyone is cordially invited to a Nadaka Tea Party Fundraiser to celebrate the Camp Fire Girls of Nadaka. Come and enjoy delicious scones, sandwiches, desserts and tea while enjoying stories from some of the Camp Fire Girls who spent time at Nadaka Camp. Then enjoy a quick walk through the forest to feel the magic.
The event will take place Saturday, June 20th 1-3pm at the church meeting space next to the park:
St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church- Murdock Hall
17405 NE Glisan Street Gresham, OR 97230
You are encouraged to wear a hat and there will be a prize for the best one.
Seating is limited so make your reservation now.
Reservations can be made a 4 ways.
1.Online by clicking the button below and submitting electronic payment,
2. By printing, completing, scanning, & emailing form below to firstname.lastname@example.org and sending a check to our fiscal agent Columbia Slough Watershed Council (7040 NE 47th Ave Portland , OR 97218).
3.Mailing completed form and check to: Monica McAllister- Nadaka Nature Park /Columbia Slough Watershed Council 7040 NE 47th Ave Portland , OR 97218.
4.Handing completed forms with check or cash to Monica-Nadaka Nature Park Coordinator or Lee Dayfield– Friends of Nadaka.
All checks should be made out to Columbia Slough Watershed Council (CSWC),
Nadaka’s fiscal agent, with the memo stating Nadaka Tea Fundraiser.
Any questions should be directed to Monica McAllister- Nadaka Nature Park Coordinator. Email at email@example.com or call at 503-956-8558.
Good news for Nadaka Nature Park. The Oregon Tradeswomen (OTW) just received a grant from East Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District to do another project at Nadaka this summer. I think they will continue to build some things in the community garden but whatever it is it will be great.
The Oregon Tradeswomen are now recruiting young women (17 to 24 years old) for their Building Girls Work Crew to learn basic construction skills and much more fun things. Contact Katie Yablonsky, firstname.lastname@example.org, 503.318.9232 if you know a young lady who might be interested in this wonderful program. They will be able to help build at Nadaka this summer.
The Friends of Nadaka Nature Park would like to thank Metro, Starbucks, Albertsons, Park Place Cafe, and the Center for Family Success for their donations which made the Grand Opening of Nadaka Nature Park & Garden Project a spectacular success; we greatly appreciate their generosity.
We would also like to thank the Columbia Slough Watershed Council, AARP Foundation, Center for Family Success, Outgrowing Hunger, Cathy Sherick with the Springwater Parks & Community District, the Audubon Society of Portland, and the City of Gresham for providing information and education to community members during the event.
Our wonderful volunteers at the Grand Opening included members from the community, Wilkes East Neighborhood Association, AmeriCorps leaders from HB Lee SUN program, former Camp Fire Girls and Cub Scout Troop #214. A special thanks to Representative Carla Piluso for being the announcer for the event and our guest speakers which included:
Mayor Shane Bemis
Metro Councilor Shirley Craddick
Urban Conservationist Jim Labbe- Audubon Society of Portland
Executive Director Jane Van Dyke- Columbia Slough Watershed Council
Executive Director Jay Udelhoven- East Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District
Cherie Ludwig-Former Camp Fire Girl and City of Gresham Employee
Community Leader Lee Dayfield- Friends of Nadaka
H.B. Lee Student Andrei Viatlev
None of this would have been possible without the help of the following people and organizations:
Mayor Shane Bemis, Steve Fancer & others at City of Gresham
Mike Green, City of Gresham – Project Planner
Todd Jones & Norm Helgeson – Gresham Parks Staff
T. A. Nelson Family – Donation Property
Metro – Funding
Meyer Memorial Trust – Funding
Trust for Public Land – Owen Wozniack – Negotiated Transaction for purchase 2 acres
St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church Members – Gloria Trunk, Andrew Agler, Byron McKinlay & Many Others
MIG – Christina Frank designed nature based play area, Lauren Schmitt & Rachel Edmonds
Lora Price, Design With Nature – Project Manager for Friends of Nadaka Team
Adam Kohl, Outgrowing Hunger
Bob Michaud-Tradd – Belkor Logworks
Human Solutions – Jean DeMaster – Programming This Summer
Verde – Alan Hipolito, ExecutiveT Director, Ricardo Moreno & staff helped build community garden, nature based play, and did all the landscaping
Ron White, Probity Builders – Project Manager for Verde
Oregon Tradeswomen, Inc – Built Garden Sheds, ADA boxes, trellises
Sue Aschim – Graphic Designer
City’s Contractors: Cedar Mill Construction Co – Jesse Vail & Earthworks Excavation & Construction – Todd Erickson
Chief of Police – Craig Junginger – Boulders
Dayfield Family – Paul, Garrett & Nohelia and Sister Fran Dearborn – Continuing Support
Eastrose Unitarian Church – Fundraising & meeting space
Rockwood Neighborhood Association
Monica McAllister – new Nadaka Nature Park Coordinator
Thank you for making Nadaka Nature Park and Garden’s Grand Opening a huge success!
Lee Dayfield and Jim Labbe
On Saturday April 4th, Gresham residents will celebrate the opening of the new Nadaka Nature Park and Garden. This innovate community park project represents a huge accomplishment in the face of declines in public park investment the last 15 years. The Nadaka experience is a potential model of how we can work together to renew public investment in parks and create healthier and stronger communities in East County. From our vantage, three ingredients were critical to Nadaka’s success.
Nadaka started at the grassroots and the passion of local residents has been essential all along.
With funding from Metro and East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District (EMSWCD) and a generous donation from the Nelson Family Estate, the acquisition was complete. The acquisition of the Nelson Property on NE Glisan provided access to 600 new households within ½ mile of Nadaka, mostly in Rockwood. This 100% increase in the number of people with local access to Nadaka created a new, more diverse constituency which gathered for the first annual Nadaka Community Festival in 2011.
That same year over 17 organizations signed a Declaration of Cooperation to create the Nadaka Nature Park and Garden Project to ‘Nurture food, families and nature’. Immediate goals were simple: enlist the community to help fund, build and maintain (for at least 5-years) a neighborhood park and community garden while maximizing local job creation and education opportunities.
…the community’s ownership of the project has also been critical for leveraging resources, maximizing community benefits, and keeping things moving.
Nadaka is about fostering community, environmental quality, and economic well-being; not just a park.The approach made community development goals central to every project phase. Nadaka is about building community, environmental quality, and economic well-being; not just a park. Improvements have helped create dozens of local jobs and led to youth service-learning projects to enhance access, complete natural resources inventories, and document local history pulling in the time and resources of new Nadaka supporters at every step.
Voter-approved parks and nature funding remains a third essential ingredient of success.
Voter-approved parks and nature funding remains a third essential ingredient of success.
77% of the resources ($1.8 million) to create Nadaka Nature Park and Garden came from voter-approved funding measures.
Nadaka is a success for one neighborhood that can provide example of what East County can do on a broader scale. Estimates indicate that local funding for parks in East County declined by at least 50% the last 15 years while the population grew by 30%. With shared leadership and citizen action and smart investment, years of dwindling park funding can be turned around and the quality of our communities dramatically improved.
Just like Nadaka, the Springwater District concept will take a grass roots advocacy to engage residents in determining investments in their community and supporting new voter-approved investment in the park system.
We hope East County residents think big about these possibilities in 2015.
Lee Dayfield is the catalyst behind the Friends of Nadaka. Jim Labbe is Urban Conservationist at Audubon Society of Portland and staffs Audubon’s East Branch office at Leach Botanical Garden.
A big thank you to MetroEast Community Media for putting together this great promotion for the grand opening celebration at Nadaka.
You’re Invited to the Grand Opening Celebration
of Nadaka Nature Park
Saturday, April 4th 10:00am to Noon
The official opening of the newly created community garden, nature based play area, and picnic shelter on the south two acres of the park.
Come and see our new community garden at Nadaka. There are six ADA raised beds for those needing them. Plots are available for 50 families depending on size desired. Adam Kohl of Outgrowing Hunger will be managing this City of Gresham community garden.
You can register online with the City of Gresham or register at the Grand Opening.
The amazing nature based play area for children will connect them to the natural world through play. Wood elements for this structure donated by Tualatin Hills Parks & Recreation. Other wood elements are from Doug Firs in the forest that had to be removed & boulders are from the new Rockwood Police Station site on NE 181st.
The Audubon Society of Portland’s Education birds will be present and teaming up with Slough School to provide environmental education. Attendees can spread seeds on the new eco lawn areas and enjoy a walk in the forest stopping to view the Camp Fire Girls kiosk.
Refreshments and fun for the whole family! Meet the many partners of Friends of Nadaka that have made this possible.