City of Portland improves Leaf Day program

From City of Portland:

The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation has been working hard to improve the Leaf Day program for 2011. Information is now available to the public about this year’s leaf pickup service.  

The city has launched a new website at with all the details. New program elements include an online Leaf Zone Locator and the ability to opt out or pay the leaf fee online.

In the next few weeks, customers in the city’s Leaf Service Area, which includes 30 Leaf Zones, will receive a mailer that highlights the changes in the program, provides the schedule and fee information, explains how to prepare for scheduled Leaf Day(s), and recommends how to get the most out of the Leaf Day service.  

Customers who opted out of the service and fee in 2010 will soon receive an additional mailer that walks them through this year’s opt-out process.   

The Leaf Line customer service phone is open, and operators are interested in hearing from you.  Call 503-865-LEAF on Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., or email your questions to .

‘Welcome to Ardenwald’ sign returns!

The “Welcome to Ardenwald” sign in the traffic island on S.E. 32nd Ave. at S.E. Meek St. has returned! Ardenwald-Johnson Creek Neighborhood Association Co-chair Jeff Davis repaired the sign for some time and installed the sign late last week.

Since June 30, 2010, only two brown post stood in the traffic island after the sign was broken into several pieces from vandalism. One of the sign posts later was apparently struck and sustained minor damage.

Ardenwald has two signs installed, with the other sign located on a terrace along S.E. Johnson Creek. Blvd. between S.E. Brookside and S.E. 43rd Ave. A third sign is planned for installation along S.E. Tacoma St., however, the sign has not been approved for installation because it does not meet the City of Portland’s sign code.

Each hand-crafted sign costs about $1,100 apiece.

On New Year’s Eve in 2009, the same Ardenwald sign on S.E. 32nd Ave. was destroyed after a delivery van struck the sign located in the center lane traffic island. The company reimbursed the costs for the sign replacement and post mount repairs.

Photo: The repaired “Welcome to Ardenwald” sign on S.E. 32nd Ave. Bryan Dorr, Sept. 19, 2011.

Light rail meeting location and time correction

The City of Milwaukie’s Portland-Milwaukie light rail meeting on Monday, Sept. 19, will be at the Public Safety Building at 3200 S.E. Harrison St. in Milwaukie, starting at 6:00 p.m. According to City of Milwaukie, The Milwaukie Pilot September 2011 events calendar listed the incorrect meeting location and time.

More information:

Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Project Page (City of Milwaukie)

Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Project (

Friends of Tideman Johnson Park announces 2011 fall schedule

By Marianne Colgorve

Hi all Friends of Tideman Johnson,

Well, I’m glad that heat wave is over! Time to think about fall stuff, right?

Starting on October 1st, we’ll begin our fall schedule of Tideman Johnson work parties on the first Saturday of the month:

  • October 1
  • November 5
  • December 3

9 am – noon. Tools and refreshments provided. As always, volunteers of all ages are welcome.

If you know a community or school group that might be interested in joining us, please pass along their contact info and I’ll follow up with them.

Everything in the park is looking a little crispy these days. But, I still look around and marvel at how much of the park we have improved over the last 4 years. Its amazing to see such a natural space in the city, with a beautiful creek running through it. I just love that a small, dedicated group can make such a visible difference.

I hope you can find some time to join us now and again, and to enjoy Tideman Johnson Park.

Friends of Tideman Johnson