Community Building

Community building, gatherings, rallies, parties, etc.

2013 Meetings

Board Meeting Materials - Wednesday, December 18, 2013, 6:45 pm - Social Time, 7:00 pm Start Meeting, Room 33

2012 Meetings

Board Meeting Materials - December 19, 2012

Community Recycling

Date of event: 
Saturday, April 12, 2014 - 9:00am - 12:00pm

Location: St Luke Lutheran Church, across from Gabriel Park: turn west from SW 45th Ave. & California St.
Community Recycling
Recycling event for non-curbside items including small appliances and electronics, printer cartridges, light bulbs (no fluorescent tubes), corks and batteries (no plastics).


Native Plant Sale at Spring Garden Park

Date of event: 
Sunday, April 27, 2014 - 9:00am - 1:00pm

Native Plant Sale
Please join Friends of Spring Garden Park as they celebrate spring, meet neighbors and raise money for further development of the Natural Play Area at Spring Garden Park, just 5 blocks south of Multnomah Village.

SWNI Spring Cleanup

Date of event: 
Saturday, May 10, 2014 - 9:00am - 1:00pm

Location: Portland Christian Center, 5700 SW Dosch Road
Accepting wood, yard debris, bulky waste and scrap metal. New Reuse Alliance Oregon partners will be accepting donations: Community Warehouse, Community Cycling Center, Habitat for Humanity ReStore and Hillsdale Community Foundation Book Collection.

Volunteer to help unload vehicles, assist with pick up from seniors and disabled or pick up litter along neighborhood streets - snacks provided to volunteers.
Contact Southwest Neighborhoods, Inc. (503) 823-4592

Our Streets PDX Town Hall with Portland Bureau of Transportation

Date of event: 
Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Location: Multnomah Arts Center, 7688 SW Capitol Hwy.
Our Streets PDX
Come to a town hall to tell the city how to pay for transportation maintenance and improvements in southwest. Portland Mayor Charlie Hales, City Commissioner Steve Novick and Transportation Director Leah Treat invite you to join them for a discussion of how to fund transportation maintenance, safety and other needs.


Southwest Corridor Community Forum

Date of event: 
Tuesday, April 29, 2014 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Location: Multnomah Arts Center, 7688 SW Capitol Hwy.
SW Community Forum
Southwest Neighborhoods, Inc. (SWNI) is holding a public forum for decision-makers to hear from SW community members:

  • To learn more about Metro's Southwest Corridor Plan
  • To discuss how high capacity transit could improve access to jobs, services and education in SW Portland
  • To discuss how this could improve overall livability within the Portland section of the Corridor
  • To let elected officials hear our comments, suggestions, reservations, etc. about a high capacity transit project coming to SW Portland.

Panelists include Portland Mayor Charlie Hales, Commissioner Steve Novick, Metro Councilor Bob Stacey, TriMet General Manager Neal McFarlane, and ODOT Region 1 Manager Jason Tell.

Bureau of Environmental Services Open House

Date of event: 
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Location: Multnomah Arts Center, 7688 SW Capitol Hwy, Room 29
Help improve the future of your watershed. Please join project staff from the City of Portland's Environmental Services Bureau (BES) to learn about upcoming projects in southwest Portland. Stop by on your way home for refreshments and information.

Environmental Services works regularly with SWNI and the southwest community to develop watershed plans and projects to improve water quality, address public interests, enhance fish and wildlife habitat, improve infrastructure, and restore watershed functions. Learn about project designs, the status of current projects, and community projects.

We did it! We saved the SW Watershed Resource Center!

WRC logo
All our efforts to advocate for reinstating the SWNI/Watershed Resource Center (WRC) have paid off. Commissioner Fish will be asking Mayor Hales to remove the grant from the FY 2014-15 BES cut packages!!

Thank you to EVERYONE who showed up at the March budget hearing, wrote, spoke or otherwise advocated for reinstating the SWNI/WRC agreement in the BES budget. BES and the Commissioner's office will be reviewing the existing WRC model for supporting federal permit requirements in the upcoming year. SWNI will also take the opportunity to make sure the WRC is an effective means of support for SW residents and neighbors with watershed concerns.

If you are planning to testify at a budget hearing -- or write a budget letter -- on other topics, please thank Commissioner Fish for the decision to go forward with the SWNI/WRC agreement. Join us at the April 9th budget hearing where we will distribute blue signs to interested parties that say, "Thank you for WRC."

ODOT Open House: 99W Newbury and Vermont streets bridges rehab

Date of event: 
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm

Location: Mittleman Jewish Community Center, 6651 SW Capitol Hwy.

The Oregon Department of Transportation is hosting an open house focused on their project to rehabilitate two bridges on SW Barbur Boulevard (Oregon Highway 99W), just south of Capitol Highway.

More at

SWNI Office Cloed

Date of event: 
Monday, February 17, 2014 - 9:00am - 5:00pm

The Southwest Neighborhoods, Inc. office will be closed on Presidents Day.

Friends of Spring Garden Park Volunteer Open House

Date of event: 
Saturday, January 25, 2014 - 11:00am - 1:00pm

Location: Nectar Frozen Yogurt Lounge in Multnomah Village

Friends of Spring Garden Park is a group of funny, smart, interested, outdoorsy, dog-owning, kid-wrangling neighbors who live near Spring Garden Park and are committed to seeing it become the coolest park in town. We're looking for interested neighbors to join our all-volunteer band of do-gooders and are throwing a party to meet you.
Nectar Dough Dollars and bite size desserts provided!

Boones Ferry Culvert Replacement

Environmental Services and its partners are working on a project to replace a culvert on Tryon Creek under Boones Ferry Road. The existing culvert blocks all upstream fish passage and is too small to allow adequate flow during wet weather. The project will:

  • Allow fish to pass into Upper Tryon Creek and Arnold Creek upstream of Boones Ferry Road and will improve stream flow.

Regulatory Improvement Code Amendment Package 6 ** Open House **

Date of event: 
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 - 5:00pm - 7:30pm

Location: 1900 SW 4th Avenue, Second Floor, Room 2500B
What is RICAP? Regulatory Improvement Code Amendment Packages provide an ongoing and rapid vehicle for technical and minor policy amendments to land use regulations to ensure they are clear and do not hinder desirable development. Requested amendments are identified by staff and community members, then ranked and prioritized with the final work plan approved by the Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC).

2014 Street Tree Inventory applications due January 15

Walking around your neighborhood, do you see spaces to plant a tree, street trees in need of maintenance, and neighbors who are concerned about their trees but don't know where to begin? Through the Tree Inventory Project, Urban Forestry is helping Portlanders take action to improve their community's street trees, one neighborhood at a time. More at

Community Watershed Stewardship Program pre-application due February 14th

Funding for YOUR community project. Including neighborhood improvements, community gardens, youth leadership, and more!
Community Watershed Stewardship Program (CWSP) helps Portlanders make improvements in their neighborhoods and communities, while also improving the health of our watersheds. CWSP is a partnership between Environmental Services and Portland State University. CWSP administers two grant programs: Stewardship Grants of up to $10,000 and Native Plant Mini-Grants of up to $500.

Go Native! Portland Parks & Recreation work parties

Date of event: 
Saturday, January 25, 2014 - 9:00am - 12:00pm

Winter is the time to Go Native! January is a great time of year to get native plants in the ground so they can get established before the dry summer season. Join your neighbors and Portland Parks & Recreation to plant natives - and make our natural areas healthier places for people and wildlife. Saturday, Jaunary 25th, 9 am - 12 noon at Marquam Nature Park. For details and to pre-register, please contact PP&R Westside Stewardship Coordinator Mary Verrilli at (503) 823-9423 or

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