Pleasant Valley Neighborhood Association News

Jul 1, 2015
"I have carefully considered your feedback, as well as PP&R staff input. Based on this information, I have decided to fund Master Plans for Mill Park and Midland Park (in a concurrent process, as requested by the Mill Park Neighborhood Association), and the SE 150th and Division property," Commissioner Fritz. More...
Jul 1, 2015
Learn more about the history of the Pleasant Valley Neighborhood, its schools and founders. More...
Jun 30, 2015
Here's what's going in in, and around, the Pleasant Valley Neighborhood Association! More...
May 27, 2015
Call for Submission of articles and ads for the July Quarterly East Portland Neighborhood Association News newsletter. Articles and photos are due on or before Monday, June 1 at 5:00 p.m. More...
May 6, 2015
Results are in…not just another survey where you don’t hear back. In May 2014, an East Portland Action Plan survey was sent out to all East Portland addresses, as an insert in this newsletter. The survey had questions related to transportation and parks use in four languages - Spanish, Russian, Vietnamese, and English. The intent was to ask information of our readers, but also to get neighbors to talk with each other and help prioritize public infrastructure. We encourage all residents to work together with their neighbors, neighborhood associations, community groups, and the East Portland Action Plan to advocate for transportation and parks improvements. More...
May 6, 2015
Within Pleasant Valley, the area known as Sycamore (approximately 3 miles southeast of Lents) was named by Nelson Flinn from Virginia, (the ‘Sycamore State’), who settled here about 1844. When Sycamore post office was established in 1889, Flinn was named as first postmaster More...
May 6, 2015
This last January, the City of Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) asked for a list of top transportation projects in each neighborhood, as part of its 'technical update' of the Transportation System Plan (TSP). The TSP is a blueprint of how the City expects to make transportation improvements over the next 20 years, in support of the City's Comprehensive Plan. PBOT has a list of over 80 major TSP projects covering East Portland, with costs varying from $500,000 to $150 million. More...
May 4, 2015
15 years ago, development in the outer SE region of Pleasant Valley was exploding. Clatsop Butte became home to over 500 new residential properties. Portland Parks stepped up to the plate and, using system development charges, purchased 16 acres planned for development and land-banked the property for future use as an activity park. In 2008 a master plan was prepared outlining a full-service activity park with rest rooms, playing courts, and sports field and play equipment. More...
May 4, 2015
East Portland Action Plan (EPAP) has approved the ‘2015 Municipal Partnership Projects’ for a total of $79,000. Approval is a fun process of review and spending play dollars. More...
May 4, 2015
Since Mark Wells, Crime Prevention Coordinator, was assigned to East Portland neighborhoods this last October, he has responded to neighbor complaints on 25-30 vacant houses with a varying degree of crime and livability problems. These homes are vacant because the owners have defaulted on their mortgage payments and the banks are in the process of foreclosing on the properties, which can take as long as five years. Many of the problems occur while the property is in limbo. More...
May 4, 2015
Friends of Trees has had yet another great year of tree planting, which will keep nearly 200 volunteers busy inspecting trees this coming summer. In part because all trees planted by Friends of Trees are guaranteed for one year against root stock failure or improper planting, every tree planted is inspected twice by volunteers the first summer they are in the ground. The process of summer inspection is beneficial to both the trees and the community where they are planted. More...
Mar 3, 2015
Many folks from the area had to travel quite a distance to attend the 2014 Spirit of Portland Awards ceremony this year, on the evening of November 6; but three major organizations and one individual from East Portland found the trip rewarding. Before the program, Portland Mayor Charlie Hales said, “There is a lot of joy in this room. Many times, theirs is a thankless job – this is our way to say ‘thank you’ to those who have given so much to the City.” Previewing the upcoming awards, Hales added, “East Portland is now really part of the City family. That's why it's great that we see so many awards going to outer East Portland programs and activists – people who have made this community better already.” More...
Mar 3, 2015
In the 1840s and for several years thereafter, this region was settled by pioneers seeking land and opportunity. There are many familiar names among the early arrivals who took up land and made an impact still felt today. More...
Mar 3, 2015
One major organization that is working on some of these things and some different ideas is East Portland Action Plan also known as EPAP. If you wish for many of these infrastructure ideas to come about please get involved. Work within your neighborhood organization or EPAP. More...
Oct 8, 2014
One of the nation’s largest urban educational farms—Zenger Farm— is located right here in East Portland. As an important step toward improving healthy food access and education for East Portlanders, on Monday, July 21st Zenger Farm broke ground on one of the most significant investments in sustainable food systems and community in the city. More...
Oct 8, 2014
You’ve seen it mentioned, been asked to give your input, but what exactly is this Comprehensive Plan anyway? More...
Oct 8, 2014
The Prioritize Portland! Project’s purpose is to create a sustainable and enduring partnership process between public infrastructure providers, non-profit advocacy groups, and the existing Portland neighborhood structure, to identify, analyze, and prioritize neighborhood active transportation needs for services and infrastructure. More...
Oct 8, 2014
TriMet our bus and light rail transportation provider has been installing what is called the "leaner" bench along with other benches in routes throughout East Portland. To quote the TriMet website about them: More...