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10th Anniversary: Thank You!

Thank you to everyone who attended and all the event sponsors who helped us ring in our 10th Anniversary early this month at Dr. Jacks in the Moda Center! In addition to having a great time connecting in-person with many community members and supporters we haven’t seen in-person in more than a year, together we raised nearly $20,000 to contribute to the growing Peace Memorial Park redevelopment fund.

Image of participants at the 10th Anniversary Event at Dr. Jacks in the Moda Center
Image of Rob Bennett speaking at the event
A special thank you to Rob Bennett of EcoDistricts who joined us to talk more about EcoDistrict Certification and inspire us to expand upon our 10 years of partnership building and stakeholder outreach to make sure that our works truly reflects and leverages the diverse set of people and institutions in the Lloyd neighborhood. 
Image of a participant writing down a suggestion for the visioning exercise
At the event, we also launched a visioning exercise related to our EcoDistrict Certification’s Roadmap creation process. Thank you to everyone who shared their vision of what the Lloyd neighborhood could be. Missed the event? Don’t worry! We’ll be launching different opportunities over the next few months where you can weigh in on what your vision of the neighborhood is and help shape our organization’s and Lloyd’s roadmap for the next decade. Stay tuned!
A poster listing all the sponsors of the event

Volunteer at Peace Memorial Park

Flier of event with photo of tow people holding up bags of trash in Peace Memorial Park

Join Lloyd EcoDistrict and SOLVE volunteers Saturday, November 13th from 10:00 AM -12:00 PM to clean up Peace Memorial Park and the surrounding areas in the Lloyd neighborhood (Eastbank Esplanade/Convention Center/Moda Center). The clean-up event will include raking up and some basic landscaping work at the park and picking up trash in the area. If you would like to participate please sign up here and learn more information.

We are also looking for people who can bring a lawnmower or weed trimmers. If you are able, contact Joshua at joshua@ecolloyd.org

Blumenauer Bridge Progress!
Image of the Blumenauer Bridge being constructed above Interstate 84

You likely recently saw that I-84 was shut down for a few days earlier this month. While we know it may have been a hassle for some folks, we’re excited that the final construction phase of the Blumenauer Bridge is finally here! The Blumenauer Bridge is a pedestrian and bicycle-only bridge that will connect NE 7th Ave to Lloyd and Central Eastside neighborhoods. The bridge will promote safety for pedestrians and bicyclists passing in and out of the Lloyd. When it opens in Summer 2022, the bridge will be seismically resilient and serve as a backup route for emergency vehicles over I-84 in the event of an earthquake.

The opening of the Blumenauer Bridge along the Green Loop on NE 7th offers another opportunity to extend the Pollinator Corridor in the future. We’ve already worked with the City of Portland and ZGF Architects to expand the number and variety of plants at the north landing. We are also partnering with Lloyd Community Association, Go Lloyd, Lloyd ESD, Metro, and the Portland Street Art Alliance to complete a pollinator-themed mural project at the bridgehead. Stay tuned to next year to see the mural and the finished bridge! Perhaps we should host a party at the bridge when it opens?

Meet Amy!

Amy Ly (She/Her) recently joined the Lloyd EcoDistrict team as our Communications and Outreach Specialist to support different programs and events across the Lloyd neighborhood.

Amy is currently a graduate student at Portland State University where she is pursuing her master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning. Her main focus in Urban Planning is the environment and she aspires to become an environmental planner. She is passionate about climate change and how it disproportionately affects Black, Indigenous, People of Color, and low-income families. Learn more about Amy here.

Do you have a story or event that we should feature in our blog or newsletter? Want to have Lloyd EcoDistrict present to your group? Let Amy know.

 Around the Neighborhood
Albina Rising poster feautring young children and details of the event
Albina Rising - Revealing the Community Investment Plan: Join Albina Vision Trust at 6:00 pm on Monday, November 8th, as they present the plan's strategies for wealth building, community spaces, cultural celebration, and the vision for re-rooting Black people and culture in lower Albina.

Tri-County Manufacturing Job Fair: On October 28th at the Lloyd Center, 30+ employers from throughout the tri-county region will gather looking to hire – from Machinist to Human Resources Generalist and everything in between. Entry-level to Management positions available.

Clean Air Protection Program Proposal: The City of Portland has proposed a new program that would support air pollution reduction efforts in Portland, particularly targeting communities most impacted by this pollution (Black, Indigenous, and communities of color and low-income residents), while supporting community- and business-focused solutions.
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