On a warm August evening, over 80 people turned out in the pleasant shade of Marshall Park, for the annual National Night Out event. National Night Out is celebrated in the US and Canada every year on the first Tuesday of August. Parties focus on preventing crime and drug activity by getting to know the people on your block and in your neighborhood.
It was great to see so many neighbors enjoying themselves. Two police officers stopped by for a social call, and one of them had to spring into action to stop a runaway stroller! Fortunately, the very young occupant was not cited for "reckless strolling". And there were many dogs too --- hot dogs, veggie dogs, and happy four legged dogs. Accompanied by chips, fruit, and veggie sticks. All washed down with soda pop, and finished off with ice cream. It was a splendid little feast.
The event and the picnic was provided free of charge thanks to many donations. So a BIG THANK YOU goes out to the brilliant donors -- SAFEWAY, CANTEEN VENDING SERVICES, OHANA PARTY RENTALS, ICE CREAM EXPRESS, PORTLAND PARKS, and SWNI.
And we must recognize the volunteers who did all the leg work - the planning, the shopping, the cooking, the lifting and the hauling. And for managing to roll the round tables down the slope without any ending up in the creek! And to Betsy who entertained us with her fiddle, and even allowed some of the children to try it themselves. Thank you one and all.
Also there was a very nice display showing ideas for new play structures in the park. Thanks to Paige Lehmann and Andy Moser for their work on the display. Amy Steingrebe (MPNA representative to SWNI Parks), and John DeLance (Chair of Friends of Marshall Park), gave a presentation on the playground status and plans for moving forward. The fundraising is just beginning, and their invitation for contributions was very successful: over $3,000 was raised this one night! It's a tremendous start to the fundraising. If you missed the chance to donate this time, you can still do so -- just go to the SWNI office in the Multnomah Arts Center and write a check to "SWNI", and in the notes write "Marshall Park Playground". Donations are tax deductible.
Lost and Found --- There were several babies present, and one left behind a pretty little quilt. If your baby has lost their quilt, let me know and we'll arrange for you to get it back. You'd better describe it, because who knows how many lost quilts there are out there! And please inform Miss Bo Peep that we did not find her sheep!
More pictures in the MPNA Photo Gallery: MPNA NNO 2012
A fun ice cream social to raise awareness and discuss plans for a new playground. More pictures and information on the Friends site: Friends of Marshall Park
On a pleasant evening in August, the Marshall Park Neighborhood Association held its annual picnic in the park, to celebrate National Night Out. Over 100 neighbors, children, and dogs turned out to enjoy the event. Portland Parks representatives talked to neighbors about ideas for a new playground, and many people filled out a survey to provide feedback. Portland Police dropped in to chat with people. The children were especially impressed with the big police motorbike. Several little ones got to sit in the seat, and I think some adults would have liked to do that too! We enjoyed chatting with neighbors and listening to fiddle music in the background. And due to many generous donations, people were able to enjoy free hot dogs, veggie dogs, lemonade, and ice cream. Mmmmmm! Gratitude to Safeway, Market Of Choice, SWNI, SW Community Center, Domino Hardwood Floors, Bella's Garage and several anonymous donations. And a big thanks to all the wonderful volunteers. Photos at: swni.org/MPNA/NNO/02-Aug-2011
BARRED OWL in Marshall Park (March 2011) - - -
A new Marshall Park brochure and trail map has been published. Thanks to the combined efforts of Portland Parks, Friends Of Marshall and Maricara Parks, and Marshall Park Neighborhood Association. The brochure is very nice, with photos, a map, and brief history of the park. Pick one up the next time you are in the park. In the picture below, Neil and David attach the brochure holder to the notice board. Also a second box containing bags for dog owners who forget to bring their own. Portland Parks also provided a large laminated trail map, which is on the right side of the notice board.
Link to the brochure: swni.org/CMS-Uploads/Marshall_Park_Brochure.jpg
Link to the map: swni.org/CMS-Uploads/Marshall_Park_Map.jpg
Portland Parks Dept. has removed the swingset from Marshall Park. This was done because of lead paint on the structure, and safety concerns due to the age of the structure. Parks has no plans or funds to replace the structure. Portland Parks advises families to use the play structures at outher South West Portland sites: Burlingame Park, Capitol Hill School, Custer Park, and Fulton Park. Portland Parks representatives will answer questions from the community at the next MPNA meeting, 6:00pm, 13-Jan-2010, at Capitol Hill School in the library. Pictures at the Friends of Marshall Park website: http://swni.org/fomp
Over two dozen neighbors and volunteers met on a glorious spring-like day to celebrate the new bridge. We enjoyed several speakers - Emily from Portland Parks, Margot from FOMMP, and Mike D from MPNA. Then came the official ribbon cutting. And we all grabbed shovels and planted native species around the bridge, serenaded by Betsy on her fiddle. Finally we all enjoyed the free hot drinks and donuts. Thanks to all who helped put this together. More details and pictures at these links: swni.org/marshallparkbridge/workparty and http://swni.org/FOMP/Bridge
In Summer 2009, the college submitted an application to build student apartments on Maplecrest near Terwilliger. Local neighborhoods including Collins View and Marshall Park expressed their concerns to the city. And in early December 2009, the City Hearings Officer delivered his verdict on the application, agreeing with the neighborhood concerns. To learn more, go to this link: http://swni.org/LC/development
Over 100 neighbors gathered in the park for our annual MPNA picnic on 4-Aug-2009. This was a record turnout. The food, music, raffle, and conversation was enjoyed by all. Thanks to SWNI and to all the volunteers who helped put this together. More pictures ... http://swni.org/page/MPNA-NNO-2009
Officer Caspar, our liaison police officer, advises that burglaries and car prowls are increasing around the city.