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Gresham celebrates National Bike Month with help from volunteers: Everyone invited to participate starting in late April and throughout May - 04/21/14
GRESHAM, Ore. - 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.

Join us at The Hoppy Brewer, 328 N. Main Ave. in Gresham, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. this Tuesday (April 22) for the Bike Commute Challenge Kickoff Celebration. As part of the Challenge, participants compete to see who can commute the most days or the longest distance during May, logging trips on the Bicycle Transportation Alliance's Bike Commute Challenge website.

For a complete list of events and volunteer opportunities visit or contact Sandra Doubleday at 503-618-2816. The schedule includes group bike rides, a helmet giveaway, a bike wash and lube workshop on April 30 at the City Hall loading dock, and volunteers conducting bike counts on local trails.

"In 2010 the League of American Bicyclists named Gresham a `Bicycle Friendly Community' for our extensive network of bike-friendly routes," Transportation Planning Manager Katherine Kelly said. "Gresham has earned this honor four years in a row by continually improving cycling infrastructure and providing activities for cyclists."

There are more than 117 miles of bike lanes throughout Gresham and popular bike routes include the Springwater Corridor, Gresham-Fairview Trail and Main City Park Spur Trail.
Ready Your Recyclables for Gresham's April 19 Earth Day Collection - 04/16/14
GRESHAM, Ore. - Block Styrofoam(TM), rigid plastics and fluorescent tube lights are three of the common-yet-difficult to recycle items residents may drop off for free during the City's 16th annual Earth Day Recycling Collection Event from 9 a.m.- 2 p.m. Saturday, April 19.

The recycling event is for Gresham and Wood Village citizens and businesses. Rain or shine, the collections will take place in the City Hall parking lot, 1333 N.W. Eastman Parkway.
This year the City has made some slight changes to its collection practices. We will not accept small rigid plastics such as bottle caps, lids, clam shells, VHS tapes, CDs, cassette tapes, etc. Plastics should be large and bulky; larger than a 5 gallon bucket is a good rule. The City also will not accept electronics, but information about other options can be found at

The complete list of acceptable items includes batteries, fluorescent bulbs and tubes, rigid white Styrofoam, clean plastic bags, cell phones, large rigid plastics and paper for shredding. This is the 6th year the City of Gresham has teamed up with AccuShred NW to offer free secure shredding services to Gresham and Wood Village residents. For more information about recycling limits and guidelines, including recycling item descriptions and photos, visit, or call 503-618-2694 for staff assistance.

"We congratulate Gresham residents on doing the right thing by recycling, reusing, and reducing your waste," Dan Blue, the City's recycling and solid waste manager, said. "The collection event offers residents a chance to recycle items that cannot be recycled at the curb," he added.
Spring backyard burn season begins today - Residents must call Burn Line first - 04/16/14
GRESHAM, Ore. - Interim Fire Chief Greg Matthews has announced that the 2014 Spring Backyard Burning Season for the cities of Fairview, Gresham and Wood Village begins today (Wednesday, April 16).
The authorized burn season will fall on each succeeding Wednesday and Saturday for 10 days if burning is deemed allowable by the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) for that particular day. Residents must call the Gresham Fire & Emergency Services Burning Information Line each day to determine if it is an approved burn day in their city and what hours they can burn. This is determined on a daily basis.
Helpful backyard burning tips:
* Call the Burn Line at 503-618-3083 to learn if burning is allowed on a given day.
* Designated hours are set daily by DEQ and are subject to change.
* Only yard debris is suitable for burning.
* Burning garbage, tires, treated wood or building materials is not allowed.
* Fires must be tended at all times.
* A charged water hose or other firefighting water supply must be available while burning is occurring.
* Piles shall be no larger than 6 feet in diameter by 3 feet high.
* Piles shall not be within 25 feet of a structure or any combustible material.
* Burning is only allowed on residential properties during designated burn days.
There are two burn seasons per year, in spring and fall respectively.
Visit for more information about back yard burning and the types of burning that require a permit.