06/29/18

Essex Park Mural Project

“I’ve stopped going to Essex Park.”

Have you ever heard this disheartening statement about Foster-Powell’s largest park? The park, located at SE 76th & Center Street, draws in a lot of children with its playground, splash pad, basketball and tennis courts, baseball field, and free lunch in the summer for all kids. But, in the past couple of years, Essex Park has seen an increase of crime and public safety hazards. Drug needles and garbage are often found. Gun violence has occurred twice. Now, after hearing this statement too many times, one resident has been working hard to make positive change.

A mural is coming to Essex Park this fall! The project is a collaboration between Foster-Powell Neighborhood Association, Marysville School, and artists Rather Severe. The artwork will be bright, bold, and colorful, inviting attention and positive activity into Essex Park.

The project is 100% grassroots and entirely funded by the community. The mural could possibly cover all four sides of the restroom building. We are raising money to make this happen! For more information about the project or to make a donation, click here.

Thank you to Local Realtor John McKay for his $500 match!
Thank you to Nurture Realty for matching up to $1,000 of what the community donates during the month of July!

06/9/18

Foster Shelter Project Design and Construction Plan going to Multnomah County Board of Commissioners on Thursday 14-June

The following letter was sent by Commissioner Vega Pederson to Foster Shelter Project Steering Committee:

I wanted to make sure you were informed that the Foster Shelter Project Design and Construction Plan (known as the FAC-1) will be brought for discussion and approval by the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners on Thursday, June 14, at approximately 11:25 am. The Multnomah County Facilities and Property Management team will present information on the building selection, design plan, and construction costs. Board approval is a normal, required step for County projects at significant milestones, in this case the milestone of finalizing the design stage and moving into bid and construction work. More information can be found at the Multnomah County Board meeting page.
06/6/18

Two Events on Saturday 16-June: Garden Tour and Paint the Town Green

Though it isn’t officially summer yet, it certainly feels like it with the warm, dry weather we’ve been having. With the nicer weather comes lots of events to choose from. We have two coming up on Saturday 16-June.

Saturday, June 16th 10AM – 2PM
11th Annual Foster-Powell Garden Tour
Tour the gardens of Foster-Powell residents! See what is possible and gain inspiration. You can pick up a copy of the map from either the Holgate Library or the Foster-Powell Community Garden. We will also be posting a link to the map here once it is complete.

Saturday, June 16th 9AM – 1PM
Paint the Town Green
Meet at Essex Park, 7730 SE Center St (map)
Kink 101.9 FM, Solve, Metro Graffiti Program, South East Uplift and Foster-Powell Neighborhood Association invite you to help make the neighborhood even more beautiful.  We will meet at Essex Park for breakfast snacks and a quick training then start the clean-up on 82nd and SE Powell Blvd (route map).  In teams we will work our way south on both sides of 82nd to pick up trash and remove graffiti. At the end of the clean-up lunch will be provided at a central location for all of the participating neighborhoods.
Follow this link to sign-up for the event.