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Guide Gresham's use of COVID recovery dollars; help plant trees along bank of Beaver Creek

COURTESY PHOTO: CITY OF GRESHAM - An informational sign was erected in Bella Vista Park. Bella Vista Park celebrates sign, benches

Gresham neighbors rejoiced over the addition of several amenities to a beloved park in the Northwest Neighborhood.

Bella Vista Park, 401 N.W. Bella Vista Drive, is home to a new informational sign and a pair of park benches. The sign was created by the Northwest Neighborhood Association, which looks after the popular green space, and funded through a city of Gresham grant. The sign, which also has information in Spanish, celebrates the history of the community park.

The 8.1-acre Bella Vista Park has rolling hills, clusters of trees and many walking paths. There is a basketball court, drinking fountain, lawn perfect for picnics, a large playground, picnic tables, and a rain garden. The park is also wheelchair accessible.

Visit and see the sign to read about the history of the park and memories from the neighbors who have cared for it all these decades.

Guide Gresham's COVID recovery dollars

The city of Gresham is seeking guidance on how to spend nearly $13 million in COVID-19 recovery funds.

Community members are invited to offer proposals for using the initial $12.7 million in American Rescue Plan Act funds. The money is meant to be used for pandemic recovery.

Some examples of projects that would qualify include:

- Support to individuals in mental health crisis

- Connecting houseless individuals with shelter

- Food or rental assistance

- Support for local businesses

Take a survey online at to provide input.

Join volunteer planting along banks of Beaver Creek

Do you want to restore salmon habitats? Then sign up for a planting party next weekend that will bring new growth to the banks of a creek outside of Troutdale.

The Beaver Creek Planting will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16, downstream from the Sandy Riverfront RV Resort, 1097 E. Historic Columbia River Highway. Volunteers will put in native plants that will provide shade on the creek for the cold water-loving salmon.

The event is through a partnership between the Sandy River Watershed Council, SOLVE and the city of Troutdale.

Volunteers are asked to bring their own gloves, shovels and pruners. There will also be a limited number of tools to borrow. Those who attend must wear a mask and social distance. Dress in layers and boots in preparation for the wet, marshy, and uneven terrain.

Register online at — if the event is full contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to get on the waitlist.

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