On Saturday, June 3rd, they came as Wonder Woman, Shrek, fire fighters and other superheroes to Gresham’s Rock the Block, a family-oriented celebration that featured organizations providing community members access to much needed, life-changing resources.
Rockwood Community Development Corporation (Rockwood CDC) was one such organization. In partnership with CCLR, Multnomah County and other partners, Rockwood CDC and is seeking ways to improve Vance Park and Vance Pit for recreational and other purposes. Through a Vision-to-Action (V2A) exercise, ideas for re-energizing the Park and redeveloping the Pit are being collected, analyzed and will be submitted to County leaders for future consideration.
This effort started in April with two workshops seeking feedback from community members and neighbors on the good and not so good features of the Park, and how the Pit may be reimagined as an extension of the Park or other uses. Based on that feedback, CCLR and Rockwood CDC developed three different scenarios for improving the park and two ideas for the Pit, which, on Saturday, superheroes of all ages and from all walks of life provided additional feedback to.
Rockwood CDC will continue to gather ideas from Park users and neighbors. All these ideas will be summarized into a report that will be submitted for County consideration. The V2A is funded by a grant to promote brownfields redevelopment to CCLR by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Look out for the recommendations at a future blog post!