Metro selected FrOGS as one of the finalists in this year’s round of grant funding. Our next meeting will be largely dedicated to planning our next steps. If you’ve been following FrOGS, now is a great time to get involved. See the page “News” for details on how, when, where, etc.
Just blogging to let you know we completed our grant application with Metro. Metro (our regional government), gives out grants as part of their Nature in Neighborhoods program. We’ve asked for funding for two pilot projects, and some funds to help our FrOGS grow. You can see the site of our first proposed project below.
Actually, we are in the pre-app phase and will be informed if we can move on to the real application process soon. Stay tuned! Thanks to Mitch, Steve, and Trish for all their hard work on the application!
Some of us will be joining Timo Forsberg from PDOT Transportation Options on a bike tour of sustainable stormwater facilities, green streets and rain gardens. The tour is free and open to the public.
Where: Begins at Laurelhurst Park (3601 SE Oak)
When: Wednesday, July 30, 6pm
What to bring: Your bike, your helmet (required), blinky lights.
Are you interested in helping to plan the future of FrOGS?
The FrOGS‘ Leadership Group will be meeting throughout the summer, and would like to include you in the discussion. Our next meetings will include worksessions to:
- Develop goals and a mission statement
- Outline an organization structure and formulate work groups
- Address possibilities for FrOGS‘ role in the community
- Outline skills needed / potential benefits
- Discuss funding sources
Please Contact us for details: firstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to hearing from you!
Workers from the Portland Parks department came by Portland’s newest Green Street on Wednesday, 5/21 to add some finishing touches, including plants. The Green Street’s filtration swale is planted largely with grasses and also includes ferns and Oregon grape, among others.
City workers also shaped the swale by adding river rock at the inflow to slow water velocity. Two “check damns” where also created. These low berms, constructed of clay and river rock, cut across the swale, further slowing stormwater runoff so it can better soak into the soil.
The kids from the Metropolitan Learning Center spiced up the FrOGS community meeting on Wednesday in their video about installing a bioswale at school with the help of the Community Watershed Stewardship Program. It demonstrates one of the many varied possibilities for stormwater management in our neighborhoods. We have found another short video to share with FrOGS’ members. Green Streets is about the value of biofiltration for stormwater management and shows examples of different Green Street incarnations across the city.
Watch Green Streets
Some of FrOGS’ illustrious Community Development colleagues at PSU are holding an event to release the results of their exciting colloquium project, a detailed asset mapping of Portland’s Taggart Basin. This sister project of FrOGS, addresses “what neighboring organizations are doing to foster and build a vibrant community in the Southeast Portland area.” It should be good.
You can download the Taggart Basin Event Flyer.
What: SE Neighborhood’s Asset Mapping Results
When: June 5th, 7-8pm
Where: Lutheran Community Services, 605 SE 39th Ave. Portland, OR