Keep the Lights on at Parks

Take Action and Keep the Lights on at Parks

Lighting at Mt Scott Park is an essential component of the neighborhood safety pilot project.

The Mt. Scott-Arleta Neighborhood Association joined with neighborhood associations and community partners to urge the city to keep lights on at parks. The city had planned to take out 243 park lights without funding or a clear plan to replace them. Park lighting is an essential component of our neighborhood’s safety pilot project. After significant public comment, Portland Parks & Recreation and Commissioner Dan Ryan, who oversees the parks bureau, produced a new plan to balance safety and stagger replacement.

The Executive Director of SE Uplift says, “Commissioner Ryan will present an emergency ordinance on April 5 to City Council that will allow the Parks Bureau to purchase all replacement light poles simultaneously.” We need your help to ensure that all parks remain lit! You can support this effort by providing testimony or submitting email comments using the link provided below.

Electronics Recycling Event Tomorrow

  • When: Saturday, April 1, 2023 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
  • Where: Brentwood-Darlington Community Center (7211 SE 62nd Ave)

Gather any unused technology items you have at home and take them to the Brentwood-Darlington Community Center tomorrow. Our friends at Brentwood-Darlington Neighborhood Association are organizing an electronics recycling and sustainability event on April 1st from 9:30am-12:30pm.

Green Century Recycling will be present to collect accepted electronics, and Bikes for Humanity will host a workshop on bike maintenance. There will also be seed and plant swaps along with an explanation of how local recycling works in Portland. Check the link for suggested donations, a list of accepted items and future event details.

Do you have an item to dispose of that is not on the list? We are excited to announce that the Arleta neighborhood will host a large materials waste collection event in June. Stay tuned for event details next month.

The Portland Engagement Project

Most Portlanders are not engaged with city government. The Portland Engagement Project is your chance to let the city know how to improve its communication with you. Pregame, a Portland based consultant group, and the Office of Community & Civic Life at the City of Portland are actively listening for your ideas. Your feedback will be used to create a more responsive and equitable system for civic engagement. The last major engagement design was 50 years ago.

There are multiple ways to participate:

  • Join a Listening Session
  • Take the Online Survey
  • Attend the April meeting of Mt. Scott-Arleta Neighborhood Association

Building a Better 82nd Ave

Image of SE 82nd Ave north of Stark St dated 10-29-32. Photo courtesy of the City Archives at the City of Portland.

Portland Bureau of Transportation’s Building a Better 82nd Project includes near-term critical fixes and a plan for improvements to 82nd Avenue. The project includes immediate safety measures for all road users and signal improvements. Investments to provide shade, better access for people using the corridor and enhancements to transit service are planned.

You can read the draft design concept and participate in the online business access survey by April 15, 2023. If you visit businesses on 82nd Ave or would like to, this survey is for you! Questions about the project? Contact the 82nd Avenue Project Team at 503-865-8282 or email

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