Nadaka Nature Park

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Nadaka Nature Park, Gresham, Oregon
Photo credit: 
Lee Dayfield

In 2009, The Trust for Public Land helped the City of Gresham expand the Nadaka Nature Park, a 10-acre woodland nestled between the Wilkes East and Rockwood neighborhoods. Despite being close to the main thoroughfare of NE Glisan Street, Nadaka was hard to reach. Its only entrance was tucked among the quiet residential streets at the park’s north end, far from public transit and the dense, low-cost housing that lies along the south side of Glisan Street.

Now, the 1.8 acres The Trust for Public Land added to Nadaka’s south end creates a much-needed access point on Glisan Street, encouraging the whole community to enjoy this beautiful piece of nature in the midst of a heavily urbanized area with a marked lack of parkland. Some of Nadaka is set aside as a community garden, providing residents with a new place to meet, build their sense of community, and grow healthy foods for their families. Now everyone has a better place to play, explore, and connect with nature in the heart of Gresham.

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