Thank You!

13030_10153236495386202_3095463619738747288_nThe 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

East Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District – Funding

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

Wilkes East Neighborhood Association

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!

So Many to Thank

Thank you to Parr Lumber, 18608 SE Stark, Gresham for giving us a great discount on the building materials for the Camp Fire Kiosk.

Thank you to NFN Investments, owner of the Pine Square Apartments next to Nadaka Nature Park for paying to fix the fence and open a proper entry from Nadaka into the apartment complex.  They also paid for the new signs along the fence to show the new entrance.

Thank you to Albertson’s, 451 NE 181st for a donation of hot drinks and fruit for our December 1st sheet mulching event as well as their delicious subs for the volunteers.

Thank you to the City of Gresham for the use of their many tools, wheelbarrows and porta potty for the December 1st sheet mulching event.  Also thanks for all the work the Parks Maintenance crew did in providing the leaves and bark mulch.

Thank you to the Columbia Slough Watershed Council for helping organize the December 1st event thru advertising and providing a way for volunteers to register.  Also thanks for providing some of the tools and wheelbarrows needed.

Thank you to the Audubon Society of Portland for helping organize the December 1st event and getting the word out.

Thank you Jazzy Bagel for the mountain of wonderful bagels.

Special thanks to Lora Price for her knowledge about sheet mulching, helping to organize the December 1st event, picking up all the cardboard, feather meal and making arrangements for all the other materials needed to do the sheet mulching.

Extra special thanks to the 52 volunteers, including the Four Cities Youth Peer Court group, who showed up on December 1st to help sheet mulch the future community garden. Outstanding job!

Every contribution by an individual, business, organization, church, etc is greatly appreciated,  The Nadaka Nature Park & Garden Project cannot be completed without the participation of the community and that can be done in many different ways.  Just volunteering your time is a great way to help make this project happen. Financial contributions are always welcome and can be made on our Donation & Get Involved page.  Become a Friend of Nadaka.  Financial contributions made thru the Columbia Slough Watershed Council on behalf of Nadaka are tax deductible.