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Rocky Butte Location for New Portland Area Event in May

New residents, an innovative energy and increased neighborhood participation have all recently fired up the Madison South neighborhood, located near NE 82nd just west of the I-205 freeway and just north of I-84. With several recent issues in the neighborhood, including successfully defeating a poorly-planned big box store seeking to locate right across from Madison High School, residents have taken their community involvement to the next level and are launching a new neighborhood celebration taking place on Saturday, May 3 from 10am-2pm.
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For Immediate Release

March 18, 2008
Contact: Dawn Rasmussen, Events Committee Chair
Madison South Neighborhood Association
503-539-3954 phone
 events@madisonsouth.org email
www.madisonsouth.org website

NEW NEIGHBORHOOD EVENT SHOWCASES ROCKY BUTTE & MADISON SOUTH COMMUNITY

(Portland, OR) - New residents, an innovative energy and increased neighborhood participation have all recently fired up the Madison South neighborhood, located near NE 82nd just west of the I-205 freeway and just north of I-84. With several recent issues in the neighborhood, including successfully defeating a poorly-planned big box store seeking to locate right across from Madison High School, residents have taken their community involvement to the next level and are launching a new neighborhood celebration slated to take place on Saturday, May 3 from 10am-2pm.

Beginning at Hancock Park, (NE 90th and Tillamook), residents and interested Portland citizens will gather to participate in a community fair staffed with community, business and government exhibit booths. Participants will then head up to the top of nearby Rocky Butte. This monolith, located close to the Portland airport, is one of the most underutilized historic and scenic resources in the city, boasting spectacular 360 degree views of the Rose City.

Roughly several hundred participants are anticipated to join the event, paying the $10 entrance fee. Proceeds will go directly to providing free summer block parties in various locations throughout the neighborhood to bring community engagement literally to residents' doorstep. The overall funding to kick off Base to Butte is the result of a small neighborhood grant awarded to Madison South from Central Northeast Neighbors, Inc., the district coalition serving this part of Portland.

Madison South Neighborhood Association board vice president Azmat Hussain, a recent neighborhood home buyer and committed citizen volunteer, sees both of these community-building events as a definite positive sign that the neighborhood is changing and coming into its own.

"When I first moved here, a lot of residents were not even aware that the Madison South Neighborhood Association exists. We're aiming to change that, and building a sense of community and pride. With the new energy going on in the area, we're taking delight in our part of Portland. In fact, we see this event as integral to putting the bloom back on the NE 82nd Avenue of Roses, and building the next great Portland neighborhood!"

Hussain is not alone. The Madison South Neighborhood Association has embraced the Base to Butte as a way to awaken the neighborhood in a way it hasn't before. The board in particular looks forward to involving new residents as well as being more inclusive of ethnic communities within the residential community, and sees the Base to Butte event is the first step in the direction of celebrating a changing and growing community in Madison South - literally and figuratively.

For more information to register as a walk participant or as a vendor in the community fair, please contact: 503-539-3954 or email  events@madisonsouth.org.

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