Gresham seeks participants for Community Center Task Force
GRESHAM, OR. -- The Community Center Task Force (CCTF) will explore the most popular idea submitted through the Rise Advance Dream ("RAD") Gresham community outreach effort: to bring a community center to Gresham. Citizens asked for a place where families and the community could come together to celebrate, learn and be active. Community centers often have aquatic centers, gymnasiums, community meeting spaces and programming for youth and senior citizens.
The Task Force will assess the community priorities for a community center including program offerings, amenities and options for ongoing maintenance and operations. City staff will report the findings and recommendations of the CCTF to the City Council and the community this summer.
The City Council identified strengthening opportunities for families and children as a priority in the 2016 Council Work Plan, including the evaluation of new recreational opportunities.
Residents may apply for the Community Center Task Force online at http://greshamoregon.gov/city/template.aspx?id=291190.
The application period closes May 13.
Gresham celebrates National Bike Month (Photo)
GRESHAM, Ore. -- Get ready to pedal. Gresham's Bike Month, traditionally celebrated each May with a variety of free and fun community activities, gets an early start with some kickoff events in April.
Bike Month in Gresham features 15 events, including the popular Transportation Safety Fair and Bike Rodeo on May 14, plus group bike rides, treats on the trails, a helmet giveaway, volunteers conducting bike counts on local trails, and a free bike wash and lube workshop on April 28 at the City Hall loading dock.
Everyone can compete in the Bike More Challenge Kickoff Celebration. Bike for points, prizes and bragging rights. Join the City's team or register one on the Bicycle Transportation Alliance's Bike More Challenge website: http://www.bikemorechallenge.com/
"Bicycling continues to become more accessible to residents as a healthy and inexpensive alternative to travel, and our staff are working to make that option as easy and as fun as possible," said Katherine Kelly, Transportation Planning Manager for the City.
Volunteers are needed to help at a variety of bike-themed activities. Contact Sandra Doubleday at 503-618-2816.
For a complete list of events and volunteer opportunities visit www.GreshamOregon.gov/BikeMonth.
Gresham, a designated League of American Bicyclists "Bicycle Friendly City" since 2010, has more than 117 miles of bike lanes throughout Gresham and popular bike routes including the Springwater Corridor, Gresham-Fairview Trail and Main City Park Spur Trail. Last year, 177,643 bicyclists used Gresham's segment of the Springwater Trail, and 18,197 bicyclists used the Gresham-Fairview Trail.
Bike Month activities are supported and sponsored with help from our partners: Oregon Nurses Association Constituent Association 1; Bikes for Humanity PDX; Randall Children's Hospital at Legacy Emanuel; and The League of American Bicyclists.
Attachments: Gresham Bike Month Schedule of Activities; 2 photos courtesy of City of Gresham
Green and Clean day of service this weekend at Nadaka Nature Park
GRESHAM, OR. -- The City of Gresham will partner with Friends of Nadaka Park for the third annual Citywide Green and Clean Day of Service at Nadaka Nature Park this weekend for a fun day of spring cleaning: planting native species, pulling ivy and getting the park ready for the spring season.
What: Third annual Green and Clean Day of Service
When: Saturday, April 16, from 9 a.m. to noon. Pizza party for volunteers immediately following from noon to 2 p.m.
Where: Nadaka Nature Park; NE 176 and NE Glisan St.; Gresham. Parking available at St. Aidan's church, located next to the park
Who: All of our Gresham community is invited.
Details: All ages are welcome, although young children will need to be closely supervised. Volunteers should bring a good pair of gloves and their favorite garden tool. Children under the age of 18 will need a signed permission slip from a parent or guardian.
For more information, and to download a permission slip, visit www.GreshamOregon.gov/GreenAndClean
or call 503-618-2482.