I hope that you, your families and friends are healthy, safe and maintaining connections. Please take advantage of beautiful Columbia Park to enjoy a picnic, a game of pickleball, the playground, a contemplative walk through the nature patch or just soaking in the beauty of the conifer and broadleaf canopy – the trees are one reason I love Columbia Park!
Did you know that Columbia Park is home to 925 trees, many are native to the Pacific Northwest including some quite unique and historic trees? To learn more about the many trees, click here to check out the tree inventory and history of the park or to take a walking tree tour in the park.
This edition of "Friends in the Park" has some important news to share. I would also like to ask for your support. Now more than ever, the Friends of Columbia Park Board of Directors would like see more of YOU, our Friends, participating in the fun and rewarding work of stewarding Columbia Park, Columbia Cottage and Columbia Pool. Read on for a variety of ways you can get involved. If you’re new to FOCP, visit our website and read ourstrategic framework to learn more about us.
FOCP is a membership organization, run solely by volunteers. When our membership base is large and strong we can accomplish a lot for Columbia Park. JOIN us, encourage others to JOIN, and contribute time and resources as you can. We understand there is great need everywhere, especially due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As you demonstrate your community support through financial giving, please CONTRIBUTE to Friends of Columbia Park, as you are able. Your dollars keep our all-volunteer group organized and engaged in stewardship of Columbia Park and all its amenities.
Be sure to get outside as often as possible and take in our beautiful Columbia Park!
Parks received a new report from their contracted engineering firm and decided to close the pool for safety reasons. Friends of Columbia Park, along with other North Portland advocates met virtually at newly-elected Commissioner Rubio’s office last week to learn more. In April, Commissioner Rubio earmarked $11.7 million for a new aquatic center for North Portland. Unfortunately, it will take 5-7 years to complete.
We learned that the future of Columbia Pool has not yet been decided. Your immediate help is again needed. Please remind City Council once more about the importance of Columbia Pool. Your voice at this time really matters!
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What’s new in Parks' latest engineering report? Not much. We knew that the pool’s roof needs repair; that a substantial investment will be needed in future years to keep the pool open. Parks and City Council needs to allocate funding, fix the roof, and re-open Columbia Pool. North Portlanders do not want year-round swimming to cease for 5-7 years.
For the latest pool updates, check our Facebook Page.
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Gather with friends and family and host your next get-together at the Columbia Cottage. To learn more about how to rent the Cottage, visit our website or contact our rental manager, Greg here.
Meet Jonathan (Johnny) Fain, Columbia Park's New Horticulturist
Johnny, Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) horticulturist, works diligently to maintain the beautiful grounds, along with more than a dozen other North/Northeast Parks -- he's got his hands full! FOCP will be working closely with Johnny this fall on a western border improvement project (along Woolsey Avenue) which is funded by the Portland Garden Club and FOCP. To learn more and lend a hand see "Volunteer" below.
We really appreciate our PP&R partners for working with us closely in making improvements to Columbia Park!
Pickleball in Columbia Park!
Do you or someone you know play pickleball? Interested in learning how or maybe you’d like to watch some seriously fun players compete in a pickleball tournament? You may have noticed that Columbia Park tennis courts are set up for Pickleball. Visit the Park on Monday or Thursday evenings (5-8 p.m.) to check some seriously fun players compete in a pickleball league. If you need more information about the league, contact Portland Tennis Center at 503-823-3189. If you'd like to play you can sign up by calling Portland Tennis Center.
Events at the Park
Park Clean-up Crew
First Saturday of every month
Join our Friends Clean-up Crew, the first Saturday of every month to help keep Columbia Park beautiful.
WHAT: Pick-up trash and debris in and around Columbia Park
WHEN: First Saturday of every month, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
WHERE: Meet at the Cottage to pick up supplies; work around the Park, Bring gloves, mask, water bottle.
WHY: We like to help keep the park beautiful!
Western Border Improvement Project
Friday and Saturday Oct. 29-30
In partnership with the PP&R horticulture team, FOCP will remove the suffering row of border plants and replace them with more drought and disease-resistant ones to create a habitat for pollinators and wildlife. The western border plants have succumbed to phytophthora, a soil-borne pathogen that infects mostly trees and woody plants. We will plant on Friday and mulch on Saturday. We will need approximately 10 volunteers each day to accomplish this important work. To reserve your spot on the team, email Mary Englund here.
THANK YOU VOLUNTEERS!
Friends of Columbia Park is a small but mighty group that is led by an amazing board of directors. It takes dedication and hard work from all of our board members to keep our group organized, focused and moving in the right direction.
CURRENT BOARD MEMBERS:
• Hayley Pickus, Secretary
• Jeff Heil, Member at Large, Past President
• Mary Englund, Member at Large, Volunteer Program
• Greg Dilkes,Cottage Caretaker, Rental Manager
• Rebecca Small, Member at Large, Website
A warm welcome to our newest Board member and Treasurer, John Flannery! A little about John...
John Flannery moved to Portland in 2019 to escape the winters of the Midwest and found home in the Arbor Lodge neighborhood and community. He and his partner are frequent volunteers and connected with the Friends of Columbia Park through the monthly park clean-up event. His interest in joining the board is to enhance, preserve, and advocate on behalf of Columbia Park to ensure it continues to inspire awe in all visitors now and into the future.
John brings several years of business operations, finance and accounting management to the this role. Prior relevant experience includes: financial reporting and analysis, annual audits, implementation of accounting processes and controls, and treasury oversight. He has also served in multiple corporate officer positions in the private sector.
Volunteer - JOIN a Team!
FOCP has renewed energy and there is much to do. Columbia Park is a thriving part of the community. We need your help and here are a few ways YOU can step up:
Park Steward: Join the Park Stewardship Team and help keep Columbia Park looking good - clean and free from trash, graffiti; happy, healthy plants and trees; safe and accessible amenities and equipment. Help get other community members out into the park to enjoy its fun and beauty. Email Mary Englund hereto join.
Cottage Steward:Did you know that FOCP operates Columbia Cottage and makes it available for private and public events? It's really a very sweet place and we need to get more people using this beautiful and historic part of the park. Join the Cottage care taking team and help keep Columbia Cottage in tiptop shape so it can be used by all. Email Mary Englundhereto join.
Board Membership:Does serving in a leadership role appeal to you? Join Friends of Columbia Park Board of Directors. We are currently looking for a Communications Chair. Also, the roles of Vice-President and Membership Chair are open. For details, please contact President, Rachel Burdon here.