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Green Spot

Riders and Green Spot sign at Sunday Parkways

Green Spots are sustainable community features that nurture healthy, connected neighborhoods

Portland’s neighborhoods integrate people and the built and natural environments to form a resilient cityscape. As the city grows and develops, these Green Spots are essential to maintaining a prosperous, healthy and connected city.

The Green Spots listed below will be highlighted along the North Portland Sunday Parkways route on June 22, 2014.


June Key Delta Community Center

5940 N Albina Ave (at N Ainsworth Ave)

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Delta Sigma Theta Portland Alumnae Chapter created the June Key Delta Community Center, a living building composed of cargo containers, salvage glass and recycled construction materials using 50 percent to 70 percent recycled materials. The renovation aims to have a “net zero” impact on the environment. The project received one of two federal EPA grants awarded in Oregon in 2008 and benefitted from local and national government assistance in environmental testing, water retention processes, and landscape design.

The June Key Delta Community Center is owned by Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. The Portland Alumnae Chapter of the organization is comprised of 250 college-educated women committed to public service.

The June Key Delta Community Center features:

  • Solar panel
  • Showcase of green jobs and skills training
  • Community garden
  • Gathering space

Arbor Lodge Park

N Bryant St and N Delaware Ave

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Arbor Lodge Park is a place where people of all ages can play safely and relax on pesticide-free lawns.

Harper’s Playground inspires vital communities by creating innovative playgrounds for people of all abilities.

“Our community playground was off-limits to our daughter because she uses wheels to get around. We founded Harper’s Playground to change this. We assembled a team of top designers and shared our vision. We asked for and received help from many. The playground went from dream to reality. We are thrilled with the outcomes, and invite you to come enjoy it with your family. We know you will find that a well-designed, inclusive play area is truly better… for everyone! We are proud that Harper's Playground promotes more play for more people. We embrace these three powerful and important forces for a better world; COMMUNITY - INCLUSION - PLAY!!!” – April and Cody Goldberg, Founders

As part of Sustainable Overlook, this park is now the only pesticide free park in the city.  In the fall of 2004, Portland Parks & Recreation and the Pesticide-Free Parks partners began a three-year trial of pesticide-free park management at three sites - Lair Hill Park in southwest Portland, Sewallcrest Park in southeast, and Arbor Lodge Park in north Portland. During the trial process, no pesticides of any kind were used in these parks. Instead, volunteer work parties weeded by hand, mulched shrub beds, and controlled weeds in other ways. PP&R also continued to use various kinds of integrated pest management methods, such as aeration and overseeding of the park turf. The trial ended in fall 2007.

Arbor Lodge Park features:

  • Fully accessible play areas
  • Pesticide-free park

North Portland Tool Library at the Historic Kenton Firehouse

Green Spot is at N Delaware Ave and Schofi­eld St; Tool Library is one block east at N Brandon Ave

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The Historic Kenton Firehouse offers a variety of ways to extend the life of the things that you need, meet neighbors and participate in a "sharing community."

This site includes:

  • North Portland Tool Library (NPTL) – Borrow a variety of tools free of charge. The tool library is a community resource dedicated to building community and fostering sustainability by providing residents with tools and the power to use them. NPTL benefits North Portland residents by reducing the costs of maintaining and improving the places in which we live, work, and play. The NTPL support diverse, livable neighborhoods and fosters community pride.
  • Repair PDX, organizer of Repair Cafés – free events that bring volunteers who like to fix things together with people who have broken items that need fixing.
  • Kenton Firehouse’s shared space. You can rent the space for gatherings of many sizes.

New Columbia

McCoy Park, N Trenton St and N Fiske Ave

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New Columbia is a HOPE VI revitalized community situated on 82 acres of land in north Portland. This mixed-income community, part of Home Forward (formerly the Housing Authority of Portland) is the largest neighborhood revitalization project ever undertaken in Oregon’s history. The community is home to more than 2,500 adults and children, with 11 languages spoken among families representing 22 countries.

New Columbia features:

  • Community-friendly design includes a street grid that reconnects the site with the surrounding neighborhood, front porches that encourage interaction with neighbors, multiple parks and public spaces.
  • Public art in the central city park and along “main street on Trenton” reflects the variety of residents’ cultures and traditions.
  • Sustainable stormwater management system retains 98 percent of stormwater onsite. The pocket swales, or “rain gardens,” are maintained by resident volunteers.
  • Two community gardens and Village Market provide access to healthy food along with entrepreneurial opportunities for residents.

Transportation Safety

N Rosa Parks Way and N Willamette Blvd

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Every neighborhood benefits from safe and inviting streets. Portlanders benefit from a wide range of options for getting around on foot, riding a bike or in a car or other ways. 

The Transportation Safety Green Spot features:

  • Traffic diverter at N Willamette and Rosa Parks, which makes this high traffic intersection safer for pedestrians, cyclists and other vulnerable road users.
  • Neighborhood greenways, bike lanes and pedestrian crossings that contribute to healthy, connected communities.