By Cyd Manro

 

The Richmond Neighborhood Association (www.richmondpdx.org) held its monthly meeting on June 9, at Waverly Heights Church at SE 33rd & Woodward St. Meetings are held the 2nd Monday of each month in the basement.

Grant Moorehead from the Portland Bureau of Transportation offered a presentation about a parking utilization study to be conducted by the city of Portland looking at parking in 5 “mixed” areas across the city, including along Division. They will establish a methodology for data collection to ease replication of the study. The goal is to create a “toolkit” to handle incremental and increasing parking demand for areas in the city.

Some things discussed include a “parking permit program” which would require residents to purchase a parking permit, “district parking” which might require developers of housing without parking to subsidize parking elsewhere, and “transportation demand management” tools to handle ongoing traffic impacts.

The RNA voted to sponsor and table at the Division/Clinton Street Fair, sharing space with Emergency Preparedness and Division Design Initiative folks. It also voted to donate $200 to Central Christian Church for the use of their parking lot for the Richmond Cleanup and all they help they provide for the Cleanup.

The Division Design Initiative had a walkabout on SE Division St. to analyze and comment on the current and emerging character of SE Division area. About 30 people attended. If you would like to participate and comment, please visit www.divisionperception.suprmap.org. There have been 85 respondents so far. This committee meets each 4th Thursday at SE Uplift 6:30-8:30 pm, 3534 SE Main St.  The website is divisiondesigninitiative.wordpress.com.

At the next meeting, a proposal will be brought forward to discuss having a rotation chairperson for the Sustainability Committee. RNA Officer elections will also take place.

There will be two free movies in Sewallcrest Park this summer:  Saturday, August 16 – Raising Arizona, and September 13 – Project Wild Thing, a British documentary about reconnecting kids with nature and encouraging families to plan more outdoor activities and letting kids explore nature. See www.projectwildthing.com to view the trailer. Both films start at dusk but pre-movie entertainment for Raising Arizona starts at 6:30 pm and 5:30 pm for Project Wild Thing. Get there early for blanket space.

The next RNA meeting is Monday, July 14, 7-9 pm. To receive meeting agendas and stay informed, join the e-mail list by e-mailing richmondna@yahoo.com with a request to join.