To: Peggy Glascock, Portland Parks & Recreation, Maintenance Supervisor;
Gary Naylor, Laurelhurst Neighborhood Association, President
From: Marilyn Harlin, Friends of Laurelhurst Park Coordinator
Date: 12 November 2005
Subject: Friends of Laurelhurst Park (FLP)-- 2005 Report
2. To interface with PP&R staff, users of Laurelhurst Park, and neighborhood associations (especially Laurelhurst & Sunnyside) about ongoing projects and park significance.
3. To honor the designation on National Historic Registry by removing
invasive species and restoring native and historically designated species.
2. To identify areas most in need of attention and to promote improvements to lessen damage to park or danger to individuals using it.
3. To contribute labor– through pruning, planting, pulling, and some raking.
4. To re-evaluate our input as needed to make best use of our talents and to have fun in the process.
5. To educate neighborhood associations about the status of this park
and its operation—both orally and in writing.
Other areas that we attacked included the SW corner where we planted Oregon grape to fill in a nonfunctional path and removed ivy; the N side along Ankeny St. for thinning, pruning, cleanup; E side along 39th Ave. for ivy pulling and leaf raking; southern and northern trails along lake for deep pruning and blackberry, weed and junk removal. Along 33rd Ave. blackberry, ivy and herbaceous weeds were ripped out. Along the brick stairs, we planted ferns, bleeding hearts and wood sorrel in bare spots.
2. Community links: Less tangible, but equally important successes, included building relationships. Examples included those between Friends and Parks staff, between Friends and park users, between Friends and neighborhood associations. Connections were made between FLP and Team for Portland Parks (T4PP), members of the Parks Board, and Councilman Dan Saltzman. Saltzman will attend the LNA meeting on January 31, 2006, specifically to talk about LP, FLP and PP&R.
3. Nuisance reduction: We helped to reduce nuisance behavior by our presence and by opening thickets where people had hung out in privacy. We also reported abuses of the park to park personnel and/or police.
4. Projects in progress: Gary Naylor initiated arrangements for a plaque designating Laurelhurst Park’s position on the National Historic Registry. Alice Knouff will be designing fliers that will identify specimen trees along a walking route. A couple of people have expressed interest in expanding tree plaque identifications put in place by Mary Segal over a decade ago.
5. Publicity & Education: Articles were published in LNA Newsletter: one on the history written by Harlin with Glascock. Reports on FLP were written by Knouff with photos by Harlin. Commentary from Naylor was included in his presidential reports in LNA newsletters and orally at both LNA and SNA meetings. An oral presentation with Q & A was given by Glascock; and oral reports by Harlin at Team for Portland Parks (T4PP). Knouff published an article in the Southeast Examiner. She also printed a series of colorful calendars with FLP work dates and tasks, which were distributed to interested persons.
6. Ongoing goals: We seek to and need to
broaden our base of active contributors –be it in planning, pamphlet design,
or fieldwork. And we still need access to tools outside park staff hours.
Parks and volunteer participants