You are invited to Portland Parks & Recreation Department’s upcoming open house informational meeting scheduled September 24th, 2:30 – 4:30pm at the Mt. Scott Community Center. 5530 SE 72nd Ave, Portland, OR 97206
The Mt. Scott Community Center Seismic Retrofit and Expansion project will renovate the Mt. Scott Community Center and will improve community safety, improve ADA accessibility, and expand recreational programming. The project includes a partial demolition and reconstruction of the Community Center. The reconstructed portion will include expanded space for preschool, multi-purpose classrooms, teen center, event center, fitness and aerobics studio, and office/administrative spaces. The remaining portions include the gym and skating rink, which will be improved with seismic retrofits, and the aquatic center which will have a roof replacement. Site improvements include repaving the parking area, constructing a new plaza area, and landscaping around the new building area and parking area.
Portland has a new community plaza and it is right here in beautiful Mt. Scott-Arleta! The Arleta Triangle Square opened earlier this month and thanks to hundreds of responses from the community a vision has emerged.
Last year the neighborhood experienced a dramatic increase in gunfire violence and reckless driving. Thanks to the support of multiple bureaus, a community-initiated plan led by impacted neighbors saw a 64% reduction of confirmed shootings over a three month pilot period in the area surrounding 72nd Ave and Woodstock.Violent crime remained steady city wide during the same time. The opening of the Arleta Triangle Square is the next phase of the community safety strategy and one that started decades ago.
The Arleta Triangle Project began in earnest thanks to a cohort of community members in 2005. They were interested in creating a safer crossing of 72nd Ave at Woodstock and building out space for community use from an “island” of land at the intersection. The linden tree shown above in the photo is still present today. The project is a rare autonomous space within the city organized and supported by community volunteers. Thanks to City Council, the Office of Commissioner Hardesty and the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT), the neighborhood now has a plaza with increased safety and access for public gatherings. The Arleta Triangle Square is your shared space for events, gatherings, public forums, celebration and relaxation.
The genesis can be traced back to 1994 when the Mt. Scott-Arleta Neighborhood Association (MSANA) adopted support for the Mt. Scott/Arleta Neighborhood Plan. This included a vision for the neighborhood in 2020 centered on livability and community pride. Sidewalks are accessible to people walking and “the streets are safe and traffic through the neighborhood is limited.” That plan is city ordinance today and approved by resolution back in 1996.
Over the next few months, the Portland State University (PSU) Center for Public Interest Design, PBOT, the Office of Commissioner Hardesty, MSANA, Portland Parks & Recreation, Multnomah County Youth Violence Prevention Office, and Anderson Construction Foundation will grow our partnerships. Later this week we hope to have outdoor furniture available and begin implementing the plaza plan later into the summer. The design is based upon input from hundreds of community members which indicated a strong desire for public performances, plantings and access to nature, arts and murals, and flexibility to host community events. The colors and art may change.
Please join us for our monthly work parties held on the last Saturday morning of each month throughout the summer. Light refreshments will be provided. Thank you for being a neighbor and making the neighborhood a safe, welcoming space for everyone. We hope to see you outside this summer at the Arleta Triangle Square!
Neighbors for Clean Air launched a mapping tool to track nearby construction in real time and help neighborhoods better understand the relationship between potential diesel emission sources and local development. The mapping tool calculates the square feet of construction area and the number of floors based on building permits.
Clackamas and Multnomah Counties rank in the top 5 percent of counties nationwide for ambient diesel particulate concentrations. While on-road/highway vehicles, rail, industrial, commercial, and other sources are significant contributors, it is estimated that as much of as 65% of Portland Metro emissions sources come from non-road vehicles (construction, agricultural, marine, etc.).
Unlike Washington and California states, non-road vehicles do not have to meet diesel exhaust standards in Oregon and many older diesel engines operate within our state. Fine particulates from diesel emissions represent a community health risk with a disproportionate impact to historically underserved people. Neighbors for Clean Air will connect you to actions to help improve air quality and keep our community healthy.
Join the Neighbors for Clean Air for a free online seminar on December 10th to learn about expanding air quality monitors and learn more about the issue.