Help Design Our New Playground

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Come learn about the Parks Replacement Bond-funded replacement of the North Park Blocks Playground at an Open House on Monday, February 29, from 5:30pm – 7:00pm.  A brief presentation will start at 6pm, and Parks project staff & the design team from PLACE will be on hand to answer your questions and take your ideas.

Graciously hosted by WeWork – Customs House at 220 NW 8th Avenue (enter on the park side – NW 8th – between Davis & Everett) in their first floor event space.

More info about project:  http://www.portlandoregon.gov/parks/69742

More info about Parks Replacement Bond:  www.parksreplacementbond.org

North Park Block Tree Trimming Starts Nov 2nd

TreeInspector2

Dear North Park Block Neighbors,

The trees on the North Park Blocks will be receiving some much needed attention November 2nd through November 13th by the City of Portland Parks and Recreation-Urban Forestry Department.   Each tree will be pruned for canopy lifting and hazard limb removal as warranted. This pruning is necessary to ensure overall tree health and hazard mitigation including providing clearance for security, pedestrian and vehicular traffic. These efforts will also help improve park aesthetics, as well as allowing more sunlight to enter the park.

All pruning will be conducted by ISA Certified Arborists and adhere to strict industry standards.  As trees are inspected, in very limited cases, a tree may need to be removed.

How will the tree pruning impact you?

Though the outcomes stated above will have a positive effect on the park and the trees, we recognize you may experience some inconvenience during the pruning process. Please be prepared for short-term impacts due to parking, street and sidewalk closures in various places as this work proceeds.

Please let me know if you have any questions about this work.

Bryan Aptekar
West Service Zone Coordinator | Services
Portland Parks & Recreation
2909 SW 2nd Avenue
Portland, OR 97201
503-823-6973 (office)
503-935-2345 (mobile)
Bryan.Aptekar@PortlandOregon.gov
www.PortlandParks.org

Enhanced Security in North Park Blocks

 

Officer Dave McCormick (L) Park Ranger Sam Sachs and Officer Nick Newby
Officer Dave McCormick (L) Park Ranger Sam Sachs and Officer Nick Newby

A big thank you to Mayor Hales and the Police Bureau for the increased Police presence in the North Park Blocks this week. We’re grateful our collective voice is being heard.

The Neighborhood response van was a much welcomed sight to see here yesterday and throughout the day.  (Especially in front of the Emerson School.) The officers who are patrolling the park are very professional and show calm assertive leadership.  While we appreciate the presence of the Park Rangers – the uniformed police officers have a powerful impact.

Today we observed Park Ranger Sam Sachs write up and exclude from the park for 30 days three people who were openly drinking in the park.  He was “diplomatic” throughout the incident and  assertive in adherence to park rules .

Your continued efforts and focus on park safety are greatly appreciated. This coordinated presence is a deterrent to criminal activities in the park and helps restore the North Park Blocks as a safe public space for all to enjoy.

Crisis in PDX Parks Not on Commissioner’s Agenda

The most striking thing about Commissioner Fritz’s upcoming Town Hall is that the crisis in Portland’s parks  didn’t even make her agenda. Our Commissioner of Parks refuses to acknowledge that city parks have been overrun by traveling gangs with no interest in emergency housing.

At the Sept 1 “North Park Blocks Task Force” meeting at City Hall Fritz made a brief statement “parks are for people” and if we try to limit the “stuff they bring into the park, people won’t be able to hold weddings in the parks.” Then she cited a scheduling conflict and left the 90 minute meeting after only 20 mins. She did not hear the concerns of the North Park Block’s businesses and residents, nor the solutions offered by many city / county officials and social service agency representatives assembled by Mayor Hales.

Portland deserves safe and livable parks and public spaces and it needs a Park’s Commissioner interested in that goal.

Fritz Town Hall

 

Notes From the Field

I watched as 2 bicycle rangers with Portland Parks & Rec talk to a couple men in the park with their off-leash dog. The men and dog immediately left. Phil and I went over to talk to the rangers-2 very nice young men—Josh Schubert and Hunter Bronson. The rangers said the men were being “raucous” and they simply asked them to take their argument elsewhere and they left mostly likely because of the uniforms and badge. Other people sleeping nearby were not breaking the law and the rangers let them be. They told us that there were just 4 Portland Parks & Rec rangers patrolling all of Portland’s parks during the day because of budget constraints. At night, the Pacific Patrol patrols the parks. They said the Portland Parks & Rec and Portland Police are very understaffed because of budget cuts.

They gave us a business cards with these #s on the back as well as a web site for reporting problems and posting pictures. I have not had a chance to check out the web site.

Crimes in Progress 9-1-1
Police Non-Emergency (503) 823-3333
Park Rangers (503) 823-1637
Park Problems www.ParkScanpdx.org
Parks Customer Service (503) 823-2525
Animal Control (503) 988-7387
www.PortlandParks.org
www.park.rangers & portlandoregon.gov

I looked up the numbers for Pacific Patrol and Clean & Safe. See below.

Pacific Patrol (503) 595-3440
Clean & Safe (503) 224-7383