History

The Rose City Park neighborhood was platted in 1907, the year of the first Portland Rose Festival.

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Trolley service from Downtown Portland was inaugurated that year by the Portland Railway, Light & Power Co., and discontinued November 30, 1936.

In addition to its eponymous park (acquired 1920), other parks in the neighborhood include Normandale Park (1940), Frazer Park (1950, on the site of a former juvenile detention center), and the western part of Rose City Golf Course (1920), whose clubhouse was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2012. A statue of George Washington was commissioned by Henry Waldo Coe and sculpted by Pompeo Coppini, and dedicated on July 4, 1927.  It stands at 57th Avenue and Sandy Boulevard, in the center of the neighborhood. Beginning in March 1946, NABISCO proposed building a large factory on 24 acres (97,000 m2) in the Rose City Park neighborhood, choosing the location for proximity of workers and access to the rail line. The city council approved the zoning change on June 5, 1947, but by June 26, 1947 NABISCO abandoned the project, building a plant at the northern edge of the Piedmont neighborhood on Columbia Boulevard. The plant was completed in August 1950.

The Streets of Rose City Park

George and Esther Walker Award Winners

The award, named after longtime RCPNA Chair George M. Walker  and his wife Esther,  is given annually by the RCPNA Board to recognize a member of the neighborhood for their outstanding service to the community.

2003
Jo Powell

2004

2005

2006
Ruth Dexter

2007
Patricia Vinje

2009
Dave Carter
Dale Bailey
Kelly Davis

2010

2011
Tamara DeRidder
Ed Gorman
Fred Stovel

2012
Vic Harris

2013
Linda Thomson
Colleen Johnston

2014
Bob Dueltgen
Ann Lindsay
Craig Lindsay

2015

2016
Gail Zuro

2017
Suzanne Desmond

2018
Ramona Reule
Stephen Effros

 

 

 

Editor’s Note: More neighborhood history coming soon!