As the snow began to swirl on Tuesday, January 10, Roseway Neighborhood Association’s new president Britt Conroy and vice-president Krystal Meisel heard about two dozen neighbors’ concerns, with many volunteering to lead projects. Action teams for the neighborhood were identified as Crime/Safety, Homelessness, Traffic Safety, Land Use, and the Neighborhood Emergency Team. Eric Berg and Bryn Farci, who attended emergency team training in November, cautioned that in a catastrophic event such as a major earthquake, city operations could be shut down for as long as two weeks. The emergency team, they said, is basically neighbors helping neighbors weather such a crisis.
Preliminary Roseway events for 2017 include Wellington Park tree planting and Roseway Park Blocks tree walk in February, Friends of Trees planting in April, cleanup in May, garden walk in June, concert and/or movie in the park in July, National Night Out in August, perimeter run/walk/bike, possibly connecting with Sunday Parkways in September and garage sale in October.
Roseway’s Friends of Trees planting is scheduled for April 1. Neighbors interested in ordering a tree must sign up by February 27, and the order deadline is March 13. Visit www.plantitportland.org to create an account.
Rose City Park Neighborhood Association president Tamara DeRidder urged neighbors to clear their house of unused “old clothes, tools, and canned goods,” and donate them to a worthy cause by bringing them to the RCPNA general membership meeting in January. In 2016, this annual tradition yielded eight bags of clothing donations from neighbors. This year, the donations will be taken to the JOIN center for the homeless.
Among the changes facing Portlanders in 2017, new zoning code language for residential infill may allow up to three residential units on properties previously allowed one house and an accessory unit. DeRidder urges volunteers to help RCPNA ensure that any zoning changes for new structures maintain the neighborhood’s historic mass and scale.
DeRidder notes that Portland soon will begin a transportation study on Northeast Sandy Boulevard between the Hollywood Business District and Northeast 82nd Avenue to determine the best route for a new bikeway and pedestrian amenities. For this project, the city will need neighbors’ input.