Light A Fire Award to Friends of Nadaka

On Friday, October 14, 2016 the Portland Monthly magazine awarded the Friends of Nadaka a Light A Fire Award in the category of Game-Changing Project.  This award recognized an innovative collaboration that generates a transformative impact for one or more nonprofits. There were over 100 nominations submitted of which seven were given to organizations and five to individuals.

Check out the article published in the November Portland Monthly issue and the video at the bottom was shown at the gala event.

Vote Yes on Metro Ballot Measure 26-178

In November voters will have a chance to support continued stewardship in our local and regional natural areas. Renewal of the Regional Natural Area Levy will directly support stewardship work on Metro-owned natural areas in Gresham (e.g. Gresham Buttes and Grant Butte Wetlands) as well as support local grants like the ones supporting conservation education at Nadaka Nature Park. Please vote yes on 26-178!

This Measure renews the 2013 parks and natural areas levy twithout raising taxes. A home assessed at $200,000 would continue to pay just $20 a year. That’s a small price to pay to protect our area’s clean water and some of our most beautiful natural areas.

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 For more information about this Measure check out the Metro website.

 

Slough Celebration Gala Invitation

Join the Friends of Nadaka at the Columbia Slough Watershed Council’s Slough Celebration Gala event on February 5, 2016.  Its really exciting that the Nadaka Park & Garden Project will be receiving an Achievement Award.  longhouse

Click here for more information and to order your tickets now.

Nadaka Nature Park Opens

Nature Play Sign

 

On April 4th, 2015 the new 2 acre section of Nadaka Nature Park opened to the delight of the community.  Read more about the opening in the article written by Jodi Weinberger of the Outlook.

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!

Nadaka Grand Opening Celebration

Official grand opening celebration.  Come and see the development of the 2 acre site at the South edge of Nadaka Nature Park.  The Audubon Society of Portland’s Education birds will be there together with activities for the whole family and light refreshments.