CNN e-newsletter 
March 2014
Central Northeast Neighbors (CNN)  


In This Issue
Candidates Fair
Earth Day Event
Sunday Parkways
Cully Park
Slough 101
Transportation Survey
Rain Gardens
Prioritize Portland
Special Events
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Links to Get Involved!

Be Informed and Join the Candidates Fair!













May 20 is Election Day for selected candidates and issues in Portland and Oregon. Come listen to candidates in Portland area races and supporters and opponents of local ballot measures. Join and find out why they deserve your vote. All welcome!

Tuesday, March 18

6:30 pm to 9 pm

5626 NE Alameda Street

Light refreshments provided. Presented by the Rose City Park Neighborhood and Central NE Neighbors.


Celebrate Earth Day Event in your Neighborhood on April 19th!

Earth Day Volunteers, Activate! Hollywood Theater and the Cully, Rose City Park and Hollywood Neighborhood Associations are teaming up for a litter pickup, followed by FREE food and entertainment at Hollywood Theater.  Spend two hours removing trash from our beautiful shared public spaces, then gather at the Theater for food from Chipotle, educational activities for the kids, a short educational presentation facilitated by PSU Professor Teresa Bulman and a wonderful short film about urban trees.  Already volunteering for Earth Day? Come on down to enjoy the activities at Hollywood Theater at 11:15am and let us thank you for your hard work!


Litter Pickup | 9-11am 4/19

Meets at NE 57th Ave & NE Sacramento St

Food and Entertainment | 11:15am-12:30pm 4/19

Hollywood Theater, 4122 NE Sandy Blvd.

Contact Cailin at Hollywood Theater for additional information or to sign up to volunteer! or 503.281.1142  

Transportation Bureau Announces 2014 Sunday Parkways

Sunday Parkways is a series of free community events opening the city's largest public space - its streets - for people to walk, bike, roll and discover active transportation. Estimates put total attendance at the events at more than 100,000 annually. Residents and visitors say they come to enjoy the traffic-free streets connecting parks and schools filled with activities, music and vendors. It's safe, family-friendly and a chance to meet neighbors. To find routes please go to


May 11 -East Portland

June 22 -North Portland

July 27 -Northeast Portland

August 24 -Southeast Portland

September 28 -Southwest Portland

Portland Parks Contributes $1.25 Million Towards Cully Park!

We are grateful for Portland Parks Commissioner Amanda Fritz 's announcement that Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) will contribute $1.25 million towards the building of Thomas Cully Park.  The 25-acre future park at Northeast 72nd Avenue north of Killingsworth will be built in multiple phases.  PP&R's contribution will go towards the first construction phase, and will address the lack of parks and natural areas in the Cully neighborhood.  The 405 families who currently do not have easy access to a park or natural area (defined a half-mile walk) will benefit from Thomas Cully Park.  Many thanks to Verde's Let Us Build Cully Park effort and partnership with PP&R.  Also, we appreciate all the groups who helped make this investment a priority including the Cully Association of Neighbors and members of the Central NE Neighbors Parks Committee.
Learn about our Watershed History, Wildlife and Current Issues
Slough 101: March 15th  - Get to know your watershed!

Come learn from eight local experts and see the watershed as it was and is today. Presenters will lead hands-on activities including a tour of a pump station and macroinvertebrate discovery. Preregistration is required for this free workshop, and light refreshments will be provided. Suitable for adults and teens 14 & up. Time: 9am - 12: 45pm Multnomah County Drainage District
1880 NE Elrod Dr. The workshop is free and r
egistration is required. For more information visit   

Share your Desired Transportation Improvements
The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT)  

created a transportation survey in several different languages as a way for community members to give their input on improvements in their area. For more information and the opportunity to complete a Portland transportation needs online survey, please visit us at or contact Mark Lear at (503) 823-7604 or

March Workshop on Sustainable Gardening in Cully!
Learn how gardening with natives and installing a rain garden can help reduce pollution and conserve water while saving you time, money and energy! The Cully Association of Neighbors and City of Portland's Bureau of Environmental Services are hosting this FREE March workshop so you can learn to landscape for clean water & healthy habitat! Register online


Rain Gardens 101: A rain garden is a sunken garden bed that captures stormwater and allows it to soak back into the ground naturally-March 22

9:00am - 1:00pm Columbia Ecovillage, 4647 NE Killingsworth.


Prioritize Portland Transportation Geo-Survey

The geo-survey is a PSU student-lead effort working with neighborhoods and community organizations.  The goal is to gather input from the public to help identify factors that can help improve active transportation services in your neighborhood.  For example, where would a new sidewalk make your journey to the grocery store a bit more comfortable? Or, where would a new cross-walk or crossing guard make your child's trip to school a bit safer? Listening to the ideas and suggestions from all residents is an important emphasis of the Prioritize Portland! effort.  The goe-survey team will be scheduling visits at neighborhood meetings. More information about the online geo-survey coming this spring!

Special Events and Meetings

Please visit our calendar for neighborhood association general and board meetings, spring cleanup events, and more 



CNN LUTOP Land use, Transportation, Open space Committee March 3 7-8:30p CNN, 4415 NE 87th-Gateway Green presentation


CNN Board Meeting March 5 7p CNN, 4415 NE 87th 


Citizen Review Committee Meetings in the Community March 5 5:30p

Multnomah Arts Center 7688 SW Capitol Hwy


NE Neighbors Climate Change Group March 20 7p CNN, 4415 NE 87th

82nd Ave. Improvement Coalition meeting (no March mtg-April 28) 7p at CNN, 4415 NE 87th


CNN Parks Committee Meeting March 25 7p CNN, 4415 NE 87th 


The Art of Facilitation workshops Wednesdays from 6-8p begins March 5 for more information or to register, please email


Sandra Lefrancois
Central Northeast Neighbors