Upcoming BAC Events

Feb
6
Mon
4:00 pm Community Connections Committee ... @ Rose City Coffee
Community Connections Committee ... @ Rose City Coffee
Feb 6 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Email community-connections@brooklyn-neighborhood.org for details on the agenda and location updates.  During the summer, the meeting tends to rotate among committee members’ homes.
Feb
8
Wed
7:00 pm Brooklyn Action Corps Board Meeting @ Sacred Heart Villa & Virtual
Brooklyn Action Corps Board Meeting @ Sacred Heart Villa & Virtual
Feb 8 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Brooklyn Action Corps Board Meeting @ Sacred Heart Villa & Virtual | Portland | Oregon | United States
The Brooklyn Action Corps board meets on the second Wednesday of each month to discuss ongoing projects and conduct the business of the BAC. The public is welcome to these...
Feb
9
Thu
7:00 pm Brooklyn Climate Community Open ...
Brooklyn Climate Community Open ...
Feb 9 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Brooklyn Climate Community Open Meeting @ Portland | Oregon | United States
For anyone who is concerned about the climate crisis and wants to do something about it collectively. Contact: climate at brooklyn-neighborhood.org
Feb
13
Mon
6:00 pm Brooklyn Movie Night @ Aladdin Theater
Brooklyn Movie Night @ Aladdin Theater
Feb 13 @ 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Brooklyn Movie Night @ Aladdin Theater | Portland | Oregon | United States
  Buy tickets online: $5.49 each Buy tickets at Aladdin Box Office: $5 each The Aladdin Theater box office is located at 3017 SE Milwaukie Ave, Portland, OR 97202. The...

Re-establishing neighborhood river access

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Although Brooklyn is bordered by the Willamette River, there is no way to access the river directly from the neighborhood. The river runs through, but not to, the neighborhood.

Brooklyn used to have river access, but was cut off from the river when Highway 99E (McLoughlin Blvd) was constructed and subsequently widened. Decades have passed and promises made, but never fulfilled.

We are fighting to re-establish Brooklyn’s historic river access and re-connect our neighborhood.

River Plan / South Reach

The River Plan / South Reach project is the City of Portland’s 20-year plan for the portion of the river that flows through Brooklyn. The project has advanced through the initial drafts and as of September 2020 has passed out of the Planning and Sustainability Commission. After that, it goes to City Council to be adopted. There was a November 4, 2020 council meeting to hear the plan, and a vote to adopt the plan is scheduled for December 16.

Its current proposal acknowledges the lack of access, and rightly notes that re-establishing neighborhood river access was already overdue before the last 20-year plan. Despite that, it again proposes a “6 to 20 year” timeline for actions related to studying and re-establishing access. Additionally, the plan is a guiding document and doesn’t establish funding sources or firm commitments to follow through on the actions. For our neighbors that have seen this process unfold over many decades, “6 to 20 years” sounds a lot like “20 years” which sounds a lot like “never.”

We’ll need your help to keep pressing for the access that the neighborhood deserves! We’ve already organized and sent hundreds of comments from folks in the neighborhood to the City for earlier phases of the project. Stay tuned for more actions as the project advances!

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