More than three dozen Roseway neighbors spent part of St. Valentine’s Day, Saturday, February 14, to plant 20 trees along almost a half mile of the Roseway Parkway on Northeast 72nd Avenue between Northeast Sandy Boulevard and Northeast Prescott Street. The trees replaced trees that had died or been removed. The group also spread eight cubic yards of dirt on depressions in the lawn where trees used to be.
Portland Parks and Recreation’s Karl Nelson welcomed the group and provided “how to” instructions for novice tree planters. Nelson credited landscape architect and past Roseway Neighborhood board president Sean Batty with tree selection and said trees being planted were different species of the oak genus. Current Roseway board president Erik Carr called volunteer turnout “amazing” and promoted Roseway’s May 30th neighborhood cleanup and April 4th Friends of Trees planting.
One neighborhood board member who helped coordinate the project, Bob Price, lives on the parkway. He characterized some of the 63 depressions in the lawn as “leg-breakers” and said the holes were being filled and the lawn leveled for safety. Many volunteers expressed appreciation for the mild weather and the hot beverages and pastries provided. Close to the lunch hour, nearby Brick House Pizzeria also delivered more substantial edibles.
Portland’s Bureau of Maintenance drilled holes for the trees the week prior to the planting, and a crew of the City’s Bureau of Transportation was scheduled to remove several more dead and diseased trees the week following the event. Nelson praised the Saturday morning tree planting as a model for how the city and residents should work together to improve neighborhoods.
Neighbors also responded to a survey asking what the best neighborhood use of the Roseway park blocks would be. Included in the options were farmers’ market, community garden, bike path, playground, open space/lawn, large shade trees and “other.” Survey results will be posted on the neighborhood association web site: www.roseway.org.