Laurelwood Center Opening Next Week

What we have formerly referred to as the “Foster Shelter” has been officially named the Laurelwood Center. This is likely a reference to nearby Laurelwood Park, which, by the way, is getting a remake (see our prior coverage of that story here).

Maggie Vespa, a reporter for KGW News, was given a tour of Laurelwood Center yesterday and tweeted photos of the facility.

Representative from your Foster-Powell Neighborhood Association have been invited to tour the facility on Monday and learn about volunteer opportunities to support our new neighbors. Per Maggie’s Twitter post above, if you would like to volunteer, you can call 503.488.7745.

Update: here is a link to the full story from KGW.

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City Code 3.96 Committee and YOU

City Code 3.96 is what enables the Neighborhood Association model. It creates the structures within the City of Portland to support the work all of us do to help our neighborhood become an even better place to be.

Unfortunately, the neighborhood associations were not notified of the intent to change the code, were not made aware of the formation of the code change committee, and have not been included in the process to modify the code. The Brentwood-Darlington Neighborhood Association recently published a letter stating their position, which you can read here. You can also find coverage from The Oregonian in the article, Neighborhood associations agonize as Portland moves to purge them from code, and from the Portland Mercury in the article, In Search of Equal Representation, Portland Looks Beyond Neighborhood Associations.

We recently received this in a newsletter from the Office of Community & Civic Life —

Committee 3.96 met on July 18th, 2019 for their 8th and final meeting. Please find the Committee recommendations here.

What are your thoughts about the updated Code Change language? Please share your comments with us through the community feedback form below.

Community Feedback Form

Thanks to your questions and feedback to date, we have developed these Frequently Asked Questions about Code Change. We look forward to expanding and honing these questions as we move forward with this process.

Finally, due to scheduling and logistic needs, the City Council session to discuss the proposed Code Change language has not yet been confirmed. Once it has been confirmed, we will update our website and share via Civic Life Updates. Thank you for your patience!

Thank you again for joining us on this journey.

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Fill out the Survey

You can read about the committee’s recommendations and fill out their Community Feedback survey at the link below —

Community Feedback Form

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Take the Laurelwood Park Survey

As we mentioned previously, Portland Park & Recreation is starting a project to implement the redesign of Laurelwood Park, which was completed with much community input back in 2013.

At this point, PP&R is looking for the surrounding community to provide some final guidance on any tweaks that could done to the design, including the planned public artwork, to ensure it aligns with the current desires of the neighborhood. This is where you come in! Please take this survey and provide your input to the process.

One of the key questions of the survey is “4. Thank you for participating in the redevelopment plan for Laurelwood Park. Your comments and experiences will help shape your new park. Is there anything else you would like us to know?” This is where we have an opportunity to impact that project with some fresh ideas!

For example, what about bringing a Portland LooTM to the park!? That would allow people to spend more time at the park and not have to worry about where to find restroom facilities (and not bother nearby businesses) and the Loos are easy to maintain and clean (and can’t get burnt and melted like what happened to the port-a-potty in Kern park recently).

Take the Survey!

Laurelwood Park Survey
Deadline is Monday, 22-July

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