Help us finish strong!

npGREENWAY Newsletter North Portland Greenway Trail Advocacy
2009 February 10 Issue no 031
Help us finish strong!
deadline for input February 12th

The Regional Flexible Funding process is coming to a close.
Please take a moment and let Metro Councilors know that you want to the North Portland Willamette Greenway completed from the Steel Bridge to the Columbia. Your help is needed, again.

WOW! There isn’t a better word to describe our reaction to the work you all did last time we asked you to step forward in support. npGREENWAY supporters were heard loud and clear at Metro late last year. (See our blog post here.) A heartfelt thanks to the 214 people that made supportive comments. Put those 214 comments up against the 797 total comments for the entire region and you can be sure that your voice helped keep the North Portland Willamette Greenway Trail on an important list to fund project development.

However, we aren’t done yet and more help from you is needed.
Metro and City staff are supportive, but there is sharp competition in the region for these Regional Flexible Funds.

The $444,800 Willamette Greenway Trail package is one of the remaining projects still in the running for part of the $21.65 million. The next step is consideration at a joint meeting of the Metro Council and JPACT on February 12, 2009, 4:00 PM. (JPACT is bureaucratic jargon for a group of elected officials and others from around the Metro Region that make decisions on Federal Transportation dollars that come into our area.) After reviewing all input, they will vote to approve projects at the March 5th Metro Council meeting.

So, if you haven’t yet, or can again, tell Metro why the North Portland Willamette Greenway Trail is important to you, your family and our community. Help secure funds for project development for the North Portland Willamette Greenway Trail.

Click Here to comment online now!

Mail “Regional Flexible Fund”,
Metro Planning,
600 NE Grand Ave,
Portland, OR 97232
Fax “Regional Flexible Fund” at 503-797-1930
Testify orally (and submit written comments)
at 02/12 Metro Council/JPACT hearing


01/30 TPAC made final recommendation to JPACT on RFF allocation (included npGREENWAY)
02/12 JPACT/Metro Council joint public hearing on TPAC recommendation 4pm Metro
03/05 JPACT makes recommendation to Metro Council
03/19 Metro Council Approved recommendation (pending Air Quality Analysis)

Do you have a talent you can share?
volunteers needed

Many of you have asked “What’s going on with the greenway these days?” Our answer us always, “A lot!” It is often difficult to summarize and distribute this information to you all. Our Website and our Blog are great sources for this information, but they are only as good as the content being put into them.

If you have a passion for blogging or writing and would like to help us get our message out, please attend one of our upcoming core group meetings. Any other desires to help will be welcomed with open arms. Our core group meetings are held on the first Tuesday of the month, 7:00 AM at the Madrona Hill Cafe, and the third Monday of the month, 7:30 PM in the back room of Anna Bannanas in St Johns.

Thanks from your friends at npGREENWAY!

from the Esplanade to the Columbia

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