Southwest Hills Residential League

SWHRL Party in the Park a success!

Sunday, August 7
Portland Heights Park

We had a great time at our annual "Party in the Park" this year, in spite of missing the Strohecker's BBQ contributions! We served lemonade, popcorn  and cookies, and the Chambers Family Ice Cream truck came by with frozen treats to purchase. There were information tables for NET (Neighborhood Emergency Team), recycling, and totem pole display for potential installation at the Vista Spring Restoration Site.

New and popular were croquet and Bocce Ball. Even the Fire Department participated.

SWHRL Picnic 2016-Bocce Ball-Photo by Lee Doss

FOR THE KIDS: Face painting and the 1st Annual SWHRL Kids' Market! Kids from kindergarten to 12th grade brought their handmade crafts to sell, including jewelry, succulent arrangements and other artwork. It was a great addition! 

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Help wanted for Southwest Hills Residential League (SWHRL) Neighborhood Association!

Please volunteer for:

  • The SWHRL Board (at large members representing different areas of the neighborhood)
  • Transportation Committee (especially those with an interest in bike, pedestrian and transit issues):
    - Tracks transportation issues relevant to SWHRL & formulates SWHRL positions & responses;
    - Meets with representatives of other neighborhoods on issues of mutual interest
  • Land Use Committee:
    - Responds to the City’ Land Use notices of proposed development in the neighborhood;
    - Tracks land use issues relevant to SWHRL and formulates SWHRL positions & responses;
    - Meets with representatives of other neighborhoods on issues of mutual interest.
  • Schools Committee
  • Outreach & Communications:
    - Website, newsletter and membership list maintenance
  • Strohecker's Committee
  • SWHRL History:
    - Help with documentation and archiving of SWHRL history – oral and written

Interested in getting together with neighbors to discuss issues, such as the future of Strohecker's? Schools? Trails? Emergency Preparedness? Let us know your email address so we can contact you.  

Please attend our general membership meetings to let us know your views and concerns, and even sit in on our monthly SWHRL Board meetings – they are open to the public.

Sign up for our E-Viewpoints newsletter via our email below or our website: on the main SWHRL web page click on the words “Join Our List.”

Contact us by email at



Volunteers Welcome:
SWHRL "Invasives to Natives" Restoration Project to Beautify Corner at SW Vista Ave. at SW Spring Street

We’ve been made great progress during the winter and spring, removing invasive, non-native species from the City’s right of way at the corner of SW Vista and Spring Street. With the help of dedicated volunteers, we've weeded, added a seating area with boulders, and paths (courtesy of Boy Scouts).  This wet season (Fall-Winter 2016-17) we’ll continue replanting with native and hardy plants. We're also looking into the feasibility of installing a totem pole by local artist Ray Losey. If it proves to be do-able, we'll start a fund-raising campaign. To join future work parties, contact SWHRL: or Nancy Seton at 503-224-3840 to get on the email notification list. All ages - students, parents, Boy/Girl Scouts, and any others welcome. This will be a beautiful spot we can be proud of!



Comprehensive Plan Update Events

(Chaise Johnson, Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability)

Chat with city planners about proposed zoning changes in your neighborhood at drop-in hours or testify at a City Council hearing on the draft 2035 Comprehensive Plan. Coming soon! New zoning proposals for mixed use areas, campuses and institutions, employment land and residential neighborhoods …

Ready to comment on the Comprehensive Plan Goals, Policies and Land Use Map?
Check the project calendar at

Per Joan Frederiksen, BPS:
If the comments on the TSP relate to the policies, project list or the financial plan (Stage 1 of TSP process), since it’s under City Council review, they should be sent directly to It will later get routed to staff.

If the comments are related to street design classifications, performance measures or other proposed changes to city code (Stage 2 of the TSP update) you can speak with and direct comments to Francesca Patricolo, 503-823-5282,

More about the different parts of the TSP update work can be found on the TSP website:

What’s in Stage 2 is also covered here:


New Local Publication:

The December issue of Eleni Kehagiaras' new social magazine, Portland Heights Living, has arrived, and it looks great! This issue features the Lorenz Al-Saeed family, who homesteaded in Portland Heights in 1909. The magazine will be written entirely by Portland Heights residents about their kids, pets, homes, businesses, events, recipes, and more. For more info or to get involved email Eleni, Portland Heights Living Publisher, at


Updating SWHRL Bylaws

We are in the process of updating the 2008 SWHRL Bylaws to bring them into synch with the city's 2015 template for neighborhood Bylaws. The new SWHRL amended Bylaws will need to be approved by a majority of SWHRL members at two subsequent membership meetings - if the draft is ready in time, at the January and May 2016 general meetings. Since it's not practical to read the complete Bylaws at the meetings, we ask that members review the draft (once it's ready and posted here) prior to the meetings where it will be considered. The existing 2008 SWHRL Bylaws and the new Office of Neighborhood Involvement (ONI) template are available on Portland's website:


Join Southwest Hills for neighborhood news:

Join the discussion on what's happening at the Strohecker's site. See announcments for upcoming SWHRL meetings. Find recommendations for contractors, babysitters, piano teachers. Read about the latest coyote sightings. Look for the Southwest Hills Moms Group and women's biking group on social networking site NextDoor NextDoor is a great way to find out what is happening in our area and connect with neighbors. The more of us who use it, the better tool it becomes.



More about the Southwest Hills Residentail League on the City of Portland Office of Neighborhood Involvement website: