Brooklyn Parents Meet with PPS over Neighborhood School Issue

The Portland Public School’s Superintendent’s Advisory Committee on Enrollment and Transfer (SACET) met with several Brooklyn Neighborhood families last week to discuss an alternative to having Grout Elementary School be our neighborhood school. Parents in the Brooklyn neighborhood had recently asked PPS representatives attending a neighborhood association meeting to allow Brooklyn resident children priority into Winterhaven School.  SACET is asked to review data, listen to various perspectives on the issue, and advise on potential actions the district could take.  Since Brooklyn has been included in the Grout boundary since the closure of Brooklyn School in 2002, a meeting was convened at Grout School, and members of Brooklyn neighborhood, along with Grout and Winterhaven Schools, were invited to attend and share their perspectives.  Student enrollment data for Brooklyn and the remainder of Grout neighborhood were provided, along with enrollment at Winterhaven by neighborhood school.

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SE 17th at Powell Upcoming Closure Information

Beginning June 15 and continuing for about one year, the 17th/Powell overpass will be closed for light rail construction.

Northbound 17th Ave will be detoured to McLoughlin Blvd. via Holgate Blvd, but will remain open to local traffic between Holgate and Haig St.
Northbound bus lines 17 and 70 will be detoured to Milwaukie Ave via Center St.
Southbound 17th Ave, including access from Powell, will remain open.
Alternative cyclist and pedestrian access across Powell is available at 13th and 21st avenues.
Sidewalks on Powell under the structure will be closed.

The weekend of July 20, Powell Blvd will be closed at 17th Ave for demolition of the overpass, with crews working 24 hours a day. In addition to the round-the-clock work the weekend of July 20, additional night work will take place this summer while crews remove the retaining walls on Powell, and another weekend early next year for round-the-clock work setting girders for the new structures. Neighbors will be notified in advance of night work.

Brooklyn Community Garden Receives Grant! CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS

Good news Garden Supporters! The Brooklyn Community Garden has been awarded a substantial development grant from the East Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District. These funds will pay for major expenses like leveling the field, getting the irrigation system installed and operating, buying materials for building a shed and a stairway, removing the old cherry tree, and lots more. This is exciting news because it insures that this garden is gonna happen!!!!  You’ve probably heard that our Ground Breaking Celebration marking the official start of Brooklyn Community Garden is set for Saturday, June 2. Activities will include sod removal, bark chip hauling, grass couch building, collaborative sculpture/ sign-making, etc. The Ground Breaking event will be a big deal, not to mention lots of fun for everyone — and we need YOUR help to make it all happen.


Ground Breaking Celebration Volunteer Organizational Meeting. 

Tuesday, May 22, 7 to 8 p.m.

Loaves & Fishes (SE Milwaukie and SE Center) 

Email us to get involved!

This meeting will focus on all aspects of preparing for the Ground Breaking Celebration on June 2, the schedule of events, site staging areas, and volunteer sign-up.

Here are some of the volunteer jobs:

  • Sign making (these need to be made before 6/2)
  • Event set-up/ clean-up
  • Refreshment organization/ serving
  • Supervisors for individual project areas (lots will be going on)
  • Tool Coordination
  • General labor
  • Pick up trucks & drivers
  • Flyer design and distribution

This is an opportunity for YOU to make the garden happen. Hope to see you on the 22nd.

Lee Kamrass,
Brooklyn Community Garden Coordinator

P.S. If you can’t make the organizational meeting on the 22nd, please let me know via email if you’d like to volunteer for a specific job.