Balfour Street Park Plant Sale

Spring is here and if you have a love for plants or gardening, and would like to help get the new Balfour Street Park plan going, then come to the Balfour Park Plant Sale.

The Balfour Park Plant Sale is Saturday, June 11, 2011, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the future site of the Balfour Park, 3103 S.E. Balfour Street in Milwaukie (near S.E. Balfour St. and S.E. 32nd Ave.)

Cash or check is accepted at the sale (no credit or debit cards).  Proceeds from the sale will be used to help create the Balfour Street Park plan.

Plant donations are being accepted now until through Monday, June 6th.

Volunteer help is needed for setting up, pricing plants, and support during the sale and clean-up.

Please visit for more information, or contact Lisa Gunion-Rinker at 503-659-7807.

Download Flyer (202 kb, PDF)

Chair splits into co-chairs, new positions added after NDA Board elections

For many Ardenwald-Johnson Creek Neighborhood District Association (NDA) Board of Directors, it is the unanimous vote for a return to another one-year term, but with some changes and additions to the neighborhood board.

The most significant change from the elections is the splitting of the chairman position into two co-chairs. Members unanimously Matt Rinker to serve another term, but now as a co-chair alongside with Ardenwald resident Jeff Davis, who also was elected unanimously as co-chair.

Two new board positions were added. The Board added a Transportation Assistant position to assist the Transportation Chair and unanimously elected Patrick Finn for the position. A sixth Board Member at Large position was also added and members unanimously elected Chris Davis for the position.

Jennifer Finn stepped up for the Arts Committee and was unanimously elected the position.

NDA webmaster and Milwaukie city liaisons are non-elected positions.

Here are the Board of Directors for 2011-2012, which were all elected with unanimous approval and no opposition:

Co-Chair — Jeff Davis
Co-Chair — Matt Rinker
Vice Chair — Sherri Campbell
Secretary — Bryan Dorr
Treasurer — Joe Campbell
Land Use Chair — Mary King
PSAC — Betty Fulmore
Membership Chair — Elizabeth Young
Southeast Uplift — Marianne Colgrove
Transportation — Michole Jensen
Transportation Asst. — Patrick Finn
NDA TriMet CAC Rep — Catherine Goode
Arts Committee — Jennifer Finn
Board Member at Large 1 — Carlotta Collette
Board Member at Large 2 — Lisa Gunion-Rinker
Board Member at Large 5 — Russ Stoll
Board Member at Large 3 — Carol Wilkins
Board Member at Large 4 — Marten Wilkins
Board Member at Large 6 — Chris Davis

Fire crew responding to hazardous material release

The Clackamas County Fire District #1 is on the scene at Precision Cast Parts on Johnson Creek Blvd. in response to a hazardous material release Wednesday afternoon around 6 p.m., with a cloud heading into a Portland neighborhood.  The fire department says neighbors behind Precision Cast Parts are going to be asked to take shelter.

Please stay tuned to your local media for more information on this situation.

Meeting Agenda for May 10, 2011

Here is the agenda for the regular Ardenwald-Johnson Creek Neighborhood District Association meeting for Tuesday, May 10, 2011:

1.    Introductions
2.    Police Reports
3.    Urban Farming with Mercy Corps – Lauren Morse
4.    Milwaukie Food Co-op – Jennifer Finn
5.    NDA Board Elections
6.    Committee Reports
7.    Approve April 12, 2011 NDA Regular Meeting Minutes
8.    Adjournment

The full agenda is also available for download as a PDF file.

Park work party Saturday, upcoming invertebrate sampling event

From Marianne Colgrove, Friends of Tideman Johnson Park:

It’s spring – finally! All the little woodland flowers are blooming like crazy, and we’re going to have an ivy hunt. We have done such a great job going after the ivy that now we’re down to the sneaky little bits that can only be hunted down and yanked out by hand.

Saturday, May 7, 9 a.m. – noon, meet down by the boardwalk (near Springwater Corridor Trail at the S.E. 37th Ave. trailhead)

Also, thanks to our friends at Xerces Society, we’re having a wetland invertebrate sampling event on May 21st. We are looking for volunteers to help scoop up water from our pond (without hurting any frogs or plants) so all the little buggy critters can be counted and identified. This is part of a larger project to assess water quality and human impact throughout the Willamette Valley. Let me know if you’re interested in joining us.

In the meantime, we hope to see you out there on Saturday.

Friends of Tideman Johnson

Marianne Colgrove can be contacted at 503-239-5831 or email mcolgrove(at)

Photo: Friends of Tideman Johnson Park