King School Park – PP&R survey

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The findings of the PP&R survey on the Green King proposal to resurface the broken tennis courts and replace them with new futsal courts are out. There are many possibilities to get involved in the King School Park improvement process. We are looking for neighbors that are passionate runners to help us with the new running track proposal. Get involved. Follow us www.facebook.com/greenkingproject

 

Overview
The purpose of the King School Park Futsal Resurfacing survey summary is to:
• Understand who uses King School Park
• Understand people’s experience with King School Park
• Ensure that the community-based proposal to the park will provide benefits to all Portlanders and park users
Background

Green King Committee approached Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) with a grant they applied through Fields for All which would provide local youth with safe, healthy and high quality playing surface. PP&R directed Green King Committee to use PP&R’s Park Proposal Process.246 individuals participated in the King School Park Futsal Resurfacing survey. This is a high response rate for a community park.
In general, 79% of the participants indicated that they were “Strongly Supportive” or “Supportive” of the resurfacing of the existing tennis courts to futsal courts. Reasons for this support includes: futsal courts will be used more often, they will create active and positive spaces, and the use will develop communities.
The diverse ethnicity and age of respondents reflects the work on the park of the Green King Committee to create an inclusive process.

Summary of Findings
246 individuals participated in the King School Park Futsal Resurfacing survey. This is a high response rate for a community park.
In general, 79% of the participants indicated that they were “Strongly Supportive” or “Supportive” of the resurfacing of the existing tennis courts to futsal courts. Reasons for this support includes: futsal courts will be used more often, they will create active and positive spaces, and the use will develop communities.
The diverse ethnicity and age of respondents reflects the work on the park of the Green King Committee to create an inclusive process.

Read the full report:

http://kingneighborhood.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Summary-of-King-School-Park-Futsal-Survey.pdf

Help King Students Play Math

Dear neighbors:

Schools are the heart of our communities and children are the heart of our schools.  King School needs your help in supporting our children’s academic growth and success.  Almost no one would deny that a college education and a strong foundation in academic fundamentals is mandatory in our increasingly knowledge-based economy.  Growing industries like science, technology, math and engineering rely on not only our students’ proficiency in language, but also a strong foundation in mathematical concepts.

Test results show that, upon graduation, fewer than half of Portland students are ready for college math.  For many students the achievement gap starts early.  At King Elementary School only 8 percent of students in 3rd grade are meeting or exceeding state standards in math.  The district average is 56 percent of students meeting or exceeding standards for math in 3rd grade.

In an attempt to increase young children’s comfort with and exposure to foundational mathematical concepts, a parent group in collaboration with King School administration, teachers and the SUN community schools program is looking to offer a twice weekly two hour after school program called “Play Math!”  The curriculum introduces progressively more challenging math concepts the same way that a video game provides more fun, stimulation and challenge with each level a player reaches.

We would like to involve King neighbors. 

Can you share everyday problems you have that the children can help you to solve using math, or, talk about a career or hobby that you have that uses math?  Do you ever have to do any of the following?

  • Create a budget? For example: for a home remodel or grocery shopping.
  • Are you a business owner who has to price products, make sales and track inventory?
  • Are you a computer programmer who ‘teaches’ computers to perform complex mathematical functions quickly?
  • Are you an engineers who designs electronics, roads, bridges, make buildings stand, etc.?
  • Are you a contractor, baker, chef who must measure parts in order to make a whole?
  • Do you play bridge, or, a sport that requires you make basic arithmetic concepts?

We need your stories and problems for the children to solve.  Our class will be every Tuesday and Thursday in March from 3:30-5:00 p.m. Even if you cannot attend we would love to use your picture, story and problem for the students so that they can make the connection between what they are leaning, their neighbors and real world problems solved by math.   If you are interested in being involved please send a quick email to tanyabarham{at}gmail.com

Thanks for helping King students find fun and success in math.  Go Lions!

Tanya

King School Park Community Gathering

Youth players kicking around during the dedication of Bless Field in North Portland made possible by Portland Timbers 107st Supporters Group and Operation Pitch Invasion.

King School Park Community Gathering on Thursday, February 11th at 6:30 pm

Join us for a discussion on a community-proposed project to resurface the tennis courts in King School Park with new futsal soccer courts.

You can also provide feedback at www.surveymonkey.com/r/kingschoolpark

Time & Location:

Thursday, February 11th

6:30 to 8:00 pm

King School Cafeteria

4906  NE 6th Avenue

Childcare and snacks provided

Contact: Diego Gioseffi –  Green King/ King Neighborhood Association diego@kingneighborhood.org

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Volunteer on your hood – Sept 12 & Sep 19

skp_1649Gardening Fun
September 12th & September 19th, from 10 am to 1 pm

The King School PTA and Green King are organizing this community events. Get to enjoy the fun and the good feeling that comes from changing some ugly neglected areas into beautiful green areas. Don’t miss this opportunity to help out your community, meet your neighbors and give something back to our King community. Please RSVP if you can. Location is at King School 4906 NE 6th | Portland, OR 97211 Parking is available in the parking lot in NE 7th and Wygant

Join Green King and get updates of the event at https://www.facebook.com/greenkingproject
Or email diego@kingneighborhood.org from Green King if you have any questions.

Life’s most persistent and urgent question is “What are you doing for others?”

Martin Luther King, Jr

The events are to help restore the beauty of the King School surroundings and to do maintenance of the School Garden Project.
Gardening, connecting with neighbors and having fun

Volunteer and Win: In both events, each participant gets a chance to win a pair of tickets to Timbers 2 vs Sacramento @ Providence Park

Thanks to our funder East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservartion District

Community Gathering at King School Park, 6 pm, Sept 2nd, to address violence.

From Portland Police:

 

I trust everyone has heard about the 118th GVRT deployment this past Monday to a shooting that took place at King School Park on the NE Grand Ave side of the park? This was a gang related shooting where a young woman was shot in the hand. The Gang Enforcement Team was called to the scene where they recovered 18 shell casings and discovered a van with a shot out window along with two additional bullet holes in it. Many of the other rounds that were fired travelled into the neighborhood. It is a miracle that no one else was hit.

 

North Precinct, GET, YSD along with our community partners will be gathering at the park up at the site of the shooting (top of the park next to the park benches) at 6pm on Wednesday, Sept 2nd.

 

Our goal for this meeting is to pass along factual information about what happened surrounding the shooting and to message to the community that their park is safe and that we want them to continue to use the park and not allow this act of violence to drive families away.

 

Stephon Hartley who is an intern in the Mayor’s office and I had a follow up discussion after he sent me an email that he received from a concerned citizen regarding the recent shooting. Stephon and I decided that we would call this meeting in an effort to bring together the community and make something positive happen out of something negative. Our intention is to move forward purposeful conversations and dialogue as it pertains to building community engagement and outreach (CEO) with neighbors and park patrons.

 

  1. GET will present facts about the shooting and discuss where they are at in the process of the investigation and how the community can assist the police.

 

  1. YSD will make a statement surrounding school safety and reaffirm to the community that their children are safe to attend school.

 

  1. Officer Zoeller from North Precinct will have an opportunity to discuss how he can assist neighbors with crime issues as their Neighborhood Response Team Officer.

 

  1. The Parks Bureau will provide a statement and information about city parks.

 

  1. All additional partners will be given 1-3 minutes to speak about their role in keeping the park, school and community safe.

 

There will be opportunities to hand out flyers and other safety information if you would like to do that.

 

The meeting will wrap up after Q and A from the community.

 

If anyone would like to attend the planning meeting we will be available to meet next Wednesday, Sept 2nd at 4:30pm at North Precinct in the community room to vet through the 6pm meeting agenda. Drop by if you can otherwise we will plan to see you out at the park at 6pm.

 

Please forward the meeting date and time to anyone you believe could benefit from taking part in this meeting next week.

 

Take care,

 

Chris

 

Chris Uehara

Commander, North Precinct

Portland Police Bureau

449 NE Emerson St

Portland, Oregon 97211

  1. 503.823.5757