Preserving Our Neighborhood Treasure

by Suzanne Briggs, Rose City Bluff Restoration Volunteer. 

We have a wildlife treasure in our midst; and our aim is to enhance and preserve it!

This wildlife corridor adjoins the north edge of the Rose City Golf Course and parallels NE Sacramento St.  For the last five years an ever-growing group of neighborhood residents has worked to remove invasive plants, such as Himalayan Blackberries, and to replace them with appropriate native plants.  Our goal is to restore the area to its native ecology and to provide a refuge for native plants and animals, and to provide an easy walk for area residents to enjoy the beauty of nature.

To date we have cleared large swaths of blackberry brambles and invasive plants, spread woodchips in four designated areas and planted more than 800 native plants.  Many of these young plants are marked with bamboo stakes.

We have achieved this by informally gathering every Sunday morning for two hours. In 2023, in addition to this weekly work, we plan to schedule work parties on the third Sunday of each month to tackle specific projects; and to sponsor special educational events e.g.  Native Plant Education Walks, Native Planting Days and Birding Education Walks.

The Rose City Bluff Restoration is an informal volunteer organization that is working in partnership with Portland Parks and Recreation, Central NE Neighborhood Coalition and East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation. To learn more about the Rose City Bluff Restoration activities, check out our website: or contact us at

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Upcoming Rose City Bluff Native Planting Day. Come help us prepare sites for over 500 native plants! Nov 6

Rose City Bluff Restoration Upcoming Events 

Sunday, October 9th
Sunday, October 23rd
Pre-Planting Prep Work Parties
Help prepare sites for native plants. 

Sunday, November 6th
2nd Annual Native Planting Day
Help plant over 400 native plants. 

All Events are 9:30 am to 11:30 am.
Meet at the top of stairs on NE Sacramento at 62nd Avenue.
RSVP at 

Optional Garden Tools to Bring
Gloves, Pointed Shovel, Pitchfork, Lopper, Clipper, Rake, Trowel 

See our story in the in the latest Rose City Park Review newsletter.

Rose City Bluff Restoration


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Please join us: Portland Schools Community Care Day Saturday, August 27th, 9am-12pm

Hello Rose City Park Neighbors,

We are days away from our first day of the 2022-2023 school year, and we can’t wait! Please join our school communities and neighbors on Saturday, August 27th, 9am-12pm, to help prepare our playgrounds and school grounds, as part of our community’s annual “Project Community Care” day.  Activities will be held at Rose City Park Elementary, Roseway Heights Middle School, and all other schools in our district.

Project Community Care is an annual tradition established more than 20 years ago, and disrupted by COVID-19. This is a wonderful opportunity for families to lend a hand, beautify their school grounds, and meet one another!

Please visit for more information.

We hope to see you there!

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Community Day at Rose City Golf Course – Free Event!

Portland Parks and Recreation is hosting a free community day event to celebrate the natural beauty and green spaces at Rose City Golf Course. Join us for activities, games, nature, and a live musical concert by the Norman Sylvester Band. All are welcome!

If you’ve never been to Rose City Golf Course, this day is for you. You can learn about the history of the land, it’s trees, and all the wildlife that make their home at the golf course. There will be interactive activities for kids, fun putting and chipping games for all ages, food and beverage for purchase, and a live musical performance by the Norman Sylvester Band. All are welcome to enjoy the great outdoors with us on Community Day at Rose City Golf Course!

Time: 2:00 pm – 8:00 pm (live concert at 6:00 pm)

Location: Rose City Golf Course clubhouse area, 2200 NE 71st Avenue, Portland, Oregon
Parking is limited, thank you for walking, car pooling, or using public transportation if you are able.

All activities are free! Food and beverage available for purchase.

More information please visit Portland Parks and Recreation events page

Norman Sylvester and Lenanne Miller! Concert starts at 6:00pm!

Norman Sylvester and Lenanne Miller! Concert starts at 6:00pm!

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Join our e-mobility ride event. e-bikes are a ton of fun! One more date!

Did you know e-bike rentals are available in Rose City Park Neighborhood? They are! This summer, RCPNA Vice-Chair Zachary Lauritzen is leading three rides to introduce neighbors to the joy and utility of electric mobility. The three dates are all on Saturdays: June 18th, July 16th, and August 13th. We will meet at 9:15am, depart at 9:30am, and return at 10:30am. Location to be announced.

If you have not yet ridden one: e-bikes are a ton of fun! They give that extra boost that flattens hills, allows you to carry more weight (groceries, children, etc.), and to do so without getting sweaty. There are a few goals to these summer rides:
1. Introduce people to the process of how to rent an e-bike.
2. Tour some safer street routes in and around Rose City Park.
3. Experience the ease and joy of electric-assist travel.
4. Meet your friends and neighbors.
5. Get to know eco-friendly modes of transportation for getting around our community.

All participants will receive free rides for the day courtesy of a partnership with Niketown. Part of the program is learning how to sign up and rent the bikes. Anyone who can ride an adult-sized bike is welcome. Bring a helmet if you have one, though some will be provided. If you want to participate, please email Zachary at As event dates near, he will send out the details for each ride.

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Volunteers Needed for Picnic in the Park Concert – July 23rd

Hello Neighbors!

It’s concert season and RCPNA needs your help!  In order to put on our Picnic in the Park Concert on July 23rd from 6-8pm, we need volunteers to assist with set-up, tabling, and clean-up.

Please sign up for one or more activities using our SignUp Genius.  The more folks that volunteer, the easier, and more fun, the effort will be.  For more information about the concert please check out our Picnic in the Park Concert page.

Please let us know if you have any questions by reaching out at  We can’t wait to see you at the concert!

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Free Summer “Picnic in the Park Concert” – July 23rd

Free Summer “Picnic in the Park Concert” featuring Lil’ Queenie

Rose City Park
NE 62nd Ave. and NE Thompson St.

2022 concert: July 23, 6-8pm

Please join us July 23rd from 6-8pm, as RCPNA hosts Lil’ Queenie for our annual Picnic in the Park Concert at Rose City Park. The concert will be set amphitheater-style in the northwest corner of the park near the playground, and neighbors are encouraged to bring blankets, lawn chairs, and picnics to the show.

Read more about Lil’ Queenie on our Summer Concert page

We can’t wait to sing, dance, and mingle with you on July 23!

RCPNA’s 2022 Picnic in the Park Concert was made possible by a Central Northeast Neighbors (CNN) Small Grant award facilitated through the City of Portland Office of Community and Civic Life. We are thankful to live in a neighborhood and City that supports bringing music and events to our residents and their guests. RCPNA is acquiring a Noise Variance Permit to provide amplified music in a public space and while we would like to jam all night, the show will end at 8pm to respect our neighbor’s evening quiet time. Members of the RCPNA Board of Directors and various committees will be on-hand to answer questions and share Association updates.

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Keep Frazer Park Green – Sponsored by the RCPNA ChipDrop Brigade – Saturday, June 11

The “Keep Frazer Park Green” will be sponsored by ChipDrop Brigade program. The purpose of this Brigade is to help stop tree deaths being brought on by the growing NW drought. Due to the rainy weather this Spring our number of volunteers have dropped.  So, we are only holding this one Park event. We are postponing the neighborhood street-tree events until 2023. 

Keep Frazer Park Green

Join Your Neighbors for a Park Work Party!

What: Spread wood chips around trees in Frazer Park, to retain moisture during dry months

When: Saturday June 11th from 8:00 am – 12:00 noon.

1 – 4 hour shifts welcomed

Where: Frazer Park, 825 NE 52nd Ave.

Convene at Basketball court at 8:00 am

Provided: Water, Snacks, and Pizza!

What to bring?

  1. Wear closed-toe shoes, clothes you’re willing to get dirty, and sun/rain hat
  2. Pair of work gloves
  3. Tools (if you have them): wheel barrows, extra gloves, shovels, garden rakes, garden spades
  4. Water bottle
  5. Sunscreen
  6. Masks, for allergies/protection
  7. Good Cheer!

Signup at, state “Frazer Event” in the subject line.

Can’t Come? Please, loan us a tool or wheelbarrow for the event!

Sponsored by the Rose City Park Neighborhood Association (RCPNA) ChipDrop Brigade project. Grant funding provided by Central NE Neighbors Coalition (CNN) through City of Portland’s Civic Life.  Permission, staff, and wood chips obtained from the Portland Parks and Recreation Bureau. 


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Why Frazer? Frazer Park has been chosen for the Tree Mulching Event due to its proximity to numerous multi-family apartment complexes, the closest public park to the Hollywood Neighborhood (which has none), it houses the neighborhood’s Community Garden, an off-leash dog area, and it abuts the Owen Blank Early Head Start School. The attached map indicates that over 200 multi-family residents live within ½ mile of Frazer Park. This park serves families with the least economic means living in and around our neighborhood. The park itself houses a number of mature trees that were planted as “the orchard” for the Boy’s Home that previously resided at this site. Over the past year a 60’ white pine tree had to be removed due to heat damage. The 3 remaining pines remain damaged by last year’s scalding from the heat dome event. 

Chip-Drop Brigade Purpose:

The goal of the ChipDrop Brigade is to serve as volunteers for coordinating, delivery, and spreading of wood-chip mulch to cover the root base of trees located in publicly owned areas, such as public parks and street trees in rights-of-way. This action together with educating the residents of proper watering of trees during the dry months can greatly extend the life of these trees. The 2021 heat-dome event brought home the reality that the lives dependent on a healthy tree canopy is in jeopardy.  Not only did the heat dome blanch many of the native trees, the drying winds and sustained drought during the summer reduced moisture content for all vegetation.  Many of the trees that remain are struggling to regain their health during the recent spring rains. It is our hope that through applying mulch and educating the public about proper watering, these trees will have a better chance at survival.  


Project Lead: Tamara DeRidder, AICP

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