Nadaka Park’s Community Garden

Nadaka Park’s Community Garden recently mentioned in The Outlook.

If you missed this garden workshop, the next one is Shutting Down the Garden on Thursday, September 21 @5:30pm-7:00pm. Rain or shine.  It will include information on preparing your garden for winter, cover crops and mulch.  The workshop is FREE.

Register at: http://outgrowinghunger.org/p/events

or by calling 971-231-4191.

 

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.

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.

Com GardenCome 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 longhousethrough 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.

 

 

Audubon Live BirdsThe 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.

Community Garden Open Enrollment

Come register for a plot in the Nadaka Community Garden for only $25/year.  Meet your fellow gardeners while enjoying a potluck style meal provided by Friends of Nadaka and Outgrowing Hunger.  Open to all community members but is geared toward those with limited access to internet, computers, or who simply have questions about registration and the garden.

Nadaka Receives Metro Nature In Neighborhoods Grant

We are proud to be one of the 27 projects receiving Metro Nature in Neighborhoods grants. Check out the great projects receiving Metro grants here.

This Nadaka 2020 Conservation, Education & Stewardship grant is a three year matching grant in the amount of $61,000.  The partners in this grant are the Audubon Society of Portland, Columbia Slough Watershed Council, Friends of Nadaka, City of Gresham, Human Solutions, Outgrowing Hunger, St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church and HB Lee Middle School SUN Program.  The grant will enable the Friends of Nadaka to help bring the park even more alive with activities.

This grant will support:

  • Programing to provide educational and community events and stewardship work days.
  • Hiring a Park Coordinator to coordinate and implement education and stewardship programs.
  • Establishing a Natural History Ambassador program.
  • Conservation activities by the Columbia Slough Watershed Council and Audubon Society.
  • Partial funding of Nadaka 2020 Operation and Maintenance Plan developed by the Friends.
  • Partial funding management of the community garden.

Obviously $61,000 will not cover all the things we want to accomplish and we must match this $61,000 with volunteer time, financial contributions from individuals or companies, donated materials, etc.  All our grants for Nadaka are matching and are designated to pay for specific things which cannot be changed.   That is why it is important for the community to help with these matches.  Things like printing, paper, office supplies as well as many items such as signage, bike racks, tools are not covered by grant funds.

If you would like to make a contribution to the Nadaka Nature Park & Garden Project go to the Donate & Get Involved page of the website.  Volunteer time is also important so come out to one of the scheduled cleanups.