About East Columbia -- East Columbia is a very unique neighborhood due to its wetlands, open space and drainage ways combined with residential, industrial, and agricultural uses.



Rose Garden is 100

Join your neighbors in celebration
of Portland's Rose History!
All are invited to a FREE family event –
11:00AM - 8:30PM
The Rose Garden is turning 100 years old – 1917-2017.
In the City of Roses, that means it's time for neighbors and friends to celebrate, and all are invited!
  • Kickoff ceremony – 11:00AM in the Royal Rosarian Garden – with City Commissioner Eudaly.
  • Free Cupcakes – for the first 500 guests, following the 11:00AM kickoff.
  • Art among the roses – Youth Art Gallery – Students from across the Portland Public School system have created art that celebrates roses, city-scapes, and Portland.
  • Garden tours – hourly from noon-5:00PM, meet near the Rose Garden Store.
  • Rose finder and discovery guide – follow the map and find the flags that identify special varieties of roses, and learn what makes them unique.
  • Music in the roses – Stroll the garden and find local musicians playing tunes to entertain you.
  • Painting station and Rose crafts – where adults and kids can get their own art on.
  • Rose ice tea samples – in the Shakespeare Garden.
  • Rose ice cream – developed especially for this event by Salt & Straw.
  • Over the years – a historic display of the garden.
  • Rose temporary tattoos – a beautiful reminder of the day.
  • Food vendors – plenty to eat and drink so you can wander the garden and enjoy.
  • Ribbon cutting – 6:00PM in the Royal Rosarian Garden – City Commissioner Fritz will lead a celebratory ribbon cutting honoring completion of the ADA accessibility project, funded by the voter-approved Parks Replacement Bond.
  • Concert in the Rose Garden Amphiteater – we are combining this event with the Washington Park Summer Festival and have a free concert scheduled for 6:30PM with Pilón d’Azucar (Cuban salsa, timba, Afro-Cuban jazz).
  • Please read the info graphic below for travel tips on getting to the event.
Full event details: 100yearsofroses.com
info graphic on travel to the garden
503-823-PLAY (7529)


ORANG F-15 Continuous Descent Test Period Begins

The Port of Portland's Noise Management group issued a new Continuous Descent Fact Sheet today.


  • Oregon Air National Guard (ORANG) was APPROVED to start a 6-month test of expanded use of Continuous Descent Overhead Approach. The test will run from May 1 - Oct 31, 2017.
  • Details provided re background on military landing procedures at PDX.
  • Landing procedures distinguished - straight-in, overhead break, and continuous descent.

We encourage interested citizens click here to read the Port's document. If you wish to engage in some more direct dialogue, please attend the ECNA Land Use Committee Meeting this coming Thursday, May 4th at 7pm - this topic is the focus for this meeting.

What: East Columbia NA Land Use Meeting
Date: May 4th, Thursday,  7:00 - 8:30 PM

Where: Columbia Community Church, 420 NE Marine Dr.

1. Introductions and announcements
2. F-15 ORANG overhead continuous landing discussion and strategy planning
3. Petition submissions
Note: petition deadline extended to this meeting date, May 4th
4. Follow up tasks and assignments
5. Recognition and thank you!

To gain context re petitions, please see this previous article - a recap of the ECNA April General Meeting. Note: petitions are still being collected even though the test period was approved. They will be presented as one component of community input to the Port on this matter.



Community Responds to the Guard's Plan to Expand F-15 Fly-Overs

The April 11, 2017 ECNA Board Meeting sure was a lively night! We had a larger than typical crowd, as lots of folks wanted to hear about the newly announced plan to expand F-15 Fly-overs at the Oregon Air National Guard's base at PDX. As discussion and details unfolded, temperatures began to rise.

The Guard's plan was presented by the Port's representative and Noise Analyst, Jerry Gerspach. We also had two Citizen's Noise Advisory Committee (CNAC) members present, Kelly Sweeney and Karen Myer. The CNAC members are citizen volunteers charged with representing neighbors / residents when CNAC meets with the other parties involved, including The Guard, the FAA, and the Port of Portland (who "owns" the airport). Kelly and Karen got quite an earful as neighbors expressed their opposition to the Guard's plan, and they promised to take the strong opposition response back to the table. But there is still considerable anxiety as the outcome is uncertain.

In the meantime, some long-time neighbors teamed up to get a petition drive started. If you'd like to get involved, you can print the petition, gather signatures, and relay them to the address in the petition footer by May 4th [date pushed out to ECNA Land Use Meeting, May 4th at 7pm @ 420 NE Marine Dr]. Here's a link to the petition...

Petition to BLOCK Additional F-15 Fly-Overs by OANG at PDX

 The link above will take you to a PDF file that you can print, sign, and carry around and gather more signatures. (Feel free to make copies.) Just make sure to get any forms with signatures turned in by May 4th.

And, I've also set up an Online Petition, so if it's easier for you, just use and Share this link...

ONLINE VERSION: Petition to Block F-15s Overhead

The online petition will be merged with the collected handwritten signatures, and they will ALL be turned in TOGETHER.

Lisa Latin

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