Large and Medium Tree Giveaway - October 6th, 9-12
Cathedral Park, by the boat ramp

Many of us know that trees convert polluting carbon dioxide in our air into breathable oxygen.  But have you ever laid on your back beneath a mature white oak or noble fir and looked up at its branches?  

It looks a lot like the lungs in our chest!  

Limbs stretch out from the main trunk (trachea and primary bronchi) into ever smaller bronchiole-like branches and eventually into small alveoli-ish clusters of leaves and needles. It’s quite a sight, and quite a consideration:  Oxygen-producing trees that look like the lungs we use to breathe that oxygen!

We like trees.  They improve our air quality and health and well-being, and provide visual appeal, cooling shade, erosion control, stormwater benefits, higher property values, and food for wildlife.  Kids like to climb them. And studies show that a vibrant urban forest can even help reduce crime.

Thanks to a grant from PPR’s Urban Forestry mission in cooperation with your local Tree Teams, we want to give you a free medium or large tree.  We’re talking Douglas firs, scarlet oaks, giant sequoias, western red cedar, Pacific ponderosa pines, and purple beeches among others. Come get yours on Oct. 6 at Cathedral Park.  

To register for this event click the link below:


Sometimes, simple changes to our environment can be just the thing we need to help our community live longer and healthier. Trees are one such change. Get yours now!


Arbor Lodge Tree Team notes from July meeting

*  final review of the letter to De Marco Developers about preserving the Oregon White Oak at 3341 N. Willamette during demolition and reconstruction.  We will send it out electronically

*  review of BES sites available - Eugenia, Greg, Ginger and Mary Helen all took a section of the neighborhood to do outreach.  *** look for a follow up forwarded mail - Eugenia found the original paperwork from BES which gives us good info and talking points.  Sept 1st is a deadline - but only for a tree to be planted this winter.  Inquiries after Sept 1st will be gathered by BES for next winter's plantings.  Please reach out to one of us if you'd like to approach a property owner on this yard tree giveaway that includes 3 years of watering and pruning by the City of Portland, all free.  Potential sites include any commercial buildings and multi-family housing.  These are for yards, not street trees.  Many sites are already identified by BES, making it easier to ID potential sites.

*  October 6th Yard Tree Giveaway - site of giveaway is the Boat Ramp at Cathedral Park
    *  October 6th, 8-1/1:30 volunteer time  - public pick up of trees - 9-12 for all reserved trees, 12-1 for any left over and/or not reserved.
    *  training for the event, September 26th, 7-8:30, Kenton Fire House, 8105 N. Brandon
    ****  we still need 2-3 volunteers for the day of the event, please email Ginger if you can volunteer that day, and attend the training on Sept 26th.
   **** we also still need 2 more volunteers to call those who have reserved a tree during the week before to remind them to come get their tree.

*  the Tree Team is working to develop a template of paragraphs we can use to quickly write a letter to any developer who has bought a lot with large trees.

submitted by Ginger


August 16th Agenda

Arbor Lodge Neighborhood Association
Thursday, August 16, 2018
Historic Kenton Firehouse 8105 N. Brandon

6:30 - 6:35 Introductions

6:35 – 6:40 Rosa Parks Restriping / Crosswalk Update (Amber)

6:40 – 6:45 Neighbors Helping Neighbors Request for Donation

6:45 – 6:50 North Portland Transportation Alliance Request for Contribution

6:50 – 7:00 What to do with all the stuff in storage in Ginger’s basement

7:00 – 7:10 Transition to new coordinator for Pesticide Free Park

7:10 – 7:20 Land Use Updates (Mark Wyman)

7:20 – 7:25 Portland Clean Energy Fund Voters Pamphlet Endorsement

7:25 - 7:35 Announce open positions/ Break

7:35 – 8:00  Budget discussion & planning (Mark & Robert)

8:00 – 8:20 Online motions, voting and review of minutes


Arbor Lodge Neighborhood Association meeting
Thursday, August 16th, 6:30 pm
Kenton Firehouse.

* replacing coordinator for Pesticide Free Park
* update on Land Use
* further Budget discussions
* Large Yard Tree Giveaway on October 6th
* Review of BBQ
* your ideas/concerns?

Arbor Lodge NA meetings are open to all, we hope you will join us and bring your concerns and ideas for discussion.


Land Use Meeting, Monday August 13th 7pm-8pm Kenton Firehouse 8105 N. Brandon

Join your neighbors to learn about a new project planned
for 1825 N Rosa Parks, between Fenwick & Campbell.

Tieton Home Builders and Evident Architect Office
will present plans for two wood-framed,
three story 7 unit apartment buildings.

The project includes a total of 14 homes, a mix of studio,
1 + 2 bedrooms apartments.  

Plans are viewable here

This is your opportunity to provide feedback to the design
and construction team, and to learn more about planned
development in Arbor Lodge.


You're Invited: BBQ August 12

You're invited to our annual Bar-B-Que!
When? Sunday, August 12th, 4-7
Where? Arbor Lodge Park - near the playground
Food you say? YES!
We will provide veggie burgers, hamburgers, hot dogs, buns and fixings.
Bring something to share if you can (salad, dessert, etc). No one will be turned away!
Did I hear Music? YES!
Logger's Daughter, a local Arbor Lodge Band will be there to entertain you.
This is an official National Night Out Event. We will have some info for you from our Neighborhood Emergency Preparedness Team and others too.
See you there! Let's Party in the Park


Thursday Board Meeting Agenda

Arbor Lodge Neighborhood Association Board Meeting
Thursday, June 19, 2018
Historic Kenton Firehouse 8105 N. Brandon

This is a board business meeting rather than a general meeting. Anyone is welcome to come and observe, but we will not be collecting comments from the floor as we do at General Meetings.

6:30 - 6:35 Introductions

6:35 – 6:40 Approval of May and June Minutes

6:40 – 6:50 Budget Update (Robert)

6:50 – 7:10 Approval Processes and Using Asana (Bring your laptops!) (Amber)

7:10 – 7:15 501c3 Status (Robert)

7:15 – 7:25 Branded Apparel Fundraiser (Amber)

7:25 – 7:35 BBQ Planning, Assign Tasks

7:35 – 7:40 Request $50 for BBQ flyer (Ginger)

7:40 – 7:50 Stakeholder Relationships/ Engagement

7:50 – 8:00 Communications (Amber)

8:00 – 8:10 Bike Lane Divider Discussion/ Update (Amber)

8:10 - 8:30 Any Parked Items



Summer BBQ - SAVE the DATE, August 12, 4-7

BBQ time!

What?   ALNA Summer BBQ
When?  Sunday, August 12th, 4-7
Where? Arbor Lodge Park - near the playground
Food you say?  YES!  
                           We will provide veggie burgers, hamburgers, hot dogs, buns and fixings.
                           You can bring something to share

Did I hear Music?  YES!  
                                 Logger's Daughter, a local Arbor Lodge Band will be there to entertain you

This is an official National Night Out Event, we will have some info for you from our Neighborhood Emergency Preparedness team, we hope for others too.

See you there!  Let's Party in the Park


Land Use Updates, Public Comment Deadlines

This is your June 20th, 2018 land use update from the Arbor Lodge Neighborhood Association. The topics covered in this edition are:

1)Better Housing By Design Testimony
2)New multifamily developments
3)Updates on Rosa Parks + N Denver
4)Transportation Updates

1)June 25th Deadline To Comment on Multifamily Zoning
Monday June 25th is the deadline to provide your comments on the multifamily zoning updates referred to as Better Housing By Design. We encourage you to use this link  to the "Map App" to provide your testimony. If you have time to review a summary document explaining changes it is available here. You are of course welcome to comment on any topic you wish, however my recommendation is to focus on helpful measures which are not assured to make it to the final version introduced to city council. These are:

  • Support for requirements to include outdoor space for multifamily housing
  • Support for requirements for landlords to subsidize public transportation for multifamily housing tenants  (AKA "transportation demand management, TDM, measures)
  • Support for preserving the transitional measures between high and medium density zones that are unique to the North Interstate Planning District
If you only have 2 minutes to spare, copying those three bullets into public comment would be beneficial to the quality of life for new residents, and their existing neighbors. These are compromise measures staff at BPS have introduced, and they are not assured to be adopted. A transcript of the comments the ALNA provided at a June 12th public hearing are located here   These comments include proposals to promote tree preservation, and added detail on the three bulleted items above.

2)New Multifamily Developments
Two new significant projects have come into the development pipeline this week. These are a proposal for a 3 story 34 unit building at 6868 N Montana, and a three story 18 unit building at6306 N Maryland  We have reached out to both development teams to arrange public meetings to review these projects. If you live near or have a personal interest in these projects please feel free to reach out as we could use help engaging neighboring properties and the immediate area. 

3)2005 Rosa Parks Update
The ALNA Land Use committee continues our engagement with Path Development and Wilson Architects to discuss modifications to the 66 unit building at the corner of Denver and Rosa Parks. The community held a meeting in April, and we have continued our work to advocate for the priorities expressed by those in attendance. The development team submitted a permit application in an effort to vest their project under the previous version of the mixed use (commercial + residential) zoning code. They claim to be considering options to include ground level commercial space to add some public accessible space to this intersection, but we have not seen any design proposals.  At this point, the September groundbreaking appears unlikely and we will keep everyone updated on what is occurring. 

4)Transportation Updates
If you are available tomorrow evening, PBOT will be providing a 30 minute update on the Rosa Parks restriping project at the start of our neighborhood association meeting. http://www.arborlodgeneighborhood.com/  for timing and details. 

ODOT are advancing a pilot program to toll sections of I-5. The proposal imposes tolling south of the Going/Alberta exit on I-5. This proposal likely will add to cut-through traffic from drivers exiting at Lombard, Rosa Parks and N Killingsworth to avoid the tolls. If you are available to attend a public meeting on Monday June 25th, from 9AM to 12noon, the details area available here: https://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/Get-Involved/Pages/Value-Pricing-Committee.aspx  If you are interested in supporting your neighbors who wish to represent North Portland's perspective on I-5 tolling please drop me a line.

Thank you for reading and please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have about development and land use issues in Arbor Lodge.


Mark Wyman
Co-Chair Land Use Committee
Arbor Lodge Neighborhood Association


Rosa Parks Restriping, New Construction on Thursday's Agenda

Arbor Lodge Neighborhood Association
Thursday, June 21, 2018
Historic Kenton Firehouse 8105 N. Brandon

If you are interested or skilled in law, data analysis, land use, transportation, communications, photography, design or grant writing… please come and let us know!

6:30 - 6:35 Introductions

6:35 – 7:05 Rosa Parks Restriping / Crosswalk Update (Scott Cohen, PBOT)

7:05 – 7:15 Neighbors Helping Neighbors Presentation

7:15 – 7:20 Neighborhood Cleanup Report (Rowan)

7:20 – 7:25 Sunday Parkways (Sharon)

7:25 – 7:35 Land Use Updates (Mark Wyman)

7:35 – 7:40 Dog Bowl Proposed Changes (Suzy Root)

7:40 – 7:45 Announce open positions/ Break

7:45 – 7:55 Review of January Workshop Discussion

7:55 – 8:25 Budget discussion & planning

8:25 – 8:30 Review of Minutes