Hillsdale Community Foundation volunteers are proud of the many past projects that have improved the community; including:
Portland Wellness Center Rain Garden
Between Capitol Highway and the Portland Wellness Center building is a decent sized landscaping area. The business owner was willing to pay to update it to go along with the new Capitol Highway landscaping. Hillsdale Community Foundation funded the increase of work being done from just replacement of landscaping, to a full rain garden that includes functional sustainable elements, while being both artistic and educational. Small signs were purchased to explain the garden, with the hope that it will bring more awareness to Hillsdale’s commitment to sustain ability.
Bank of America Mural
Hillsdale Community Foundation partnered with the Julie Seid, property owner of the commercial strip with Bank of America next to Capitol Highway, to paint a mural on the back of the Bank of America portion of the building. Angelina Marino, a local muralist, utilized the new Hillsdale branding to create a gateway mural depicting the various aspects of what Hillsdale means to the community. To help raise money, faces of people in the mural were also sold.
Gateway Landscaping Project
In 2010-2011, Hillsdale Community Foundation added landscaping strips along Capitol Highway. As phase two of the project, Hillsdale Community Foundation added landscaping to each of the major gateways along Capitol Hwy and Sunset Blvd, and several key parking lot entries off of Capitol Highway. This included installing large red, self-watering pots in the furniture zone of sidewalks, the color of the new Hillsdale brand – 1 large saucer, and 6 tall pots.
North Side Circulation Project
The north side parking lot was previously an unsafe, confusing place for pedestrians, bicyclists and drivers. The area in question was made up of 4 separate parking areas, separate by a chain link fence in the middle, and striping that doesn’t match. Hillsdale Community Foundation redesigned the circulation of the area, negotiated with the 3 property owners involved, and built one parking lot with designated separate areas for pedestrians and vehicles. The new pedestrian path is now used regularly, with safety a top comment made about the new circulation. Six new parking spaces were designed in, as well as reducing the number of reserved spots, increasing the number available for customers and employees.
Public Recycling Containers
Hillsdale Community Foundation purchased and installed public recycling containers to compliment the 20 public garbage containers scattered throughout the district. The hauling of these is currently being paid for the Hillsdale Business & Professional Association, private property owners or TriMet. Hillsdale Community Foundation installed the recycling containers next to ten of the most widely used garbage containers, with the hope of expansion later if needed.
Storefront Improvement Grants
Hillsdale Community Foundation offered businesses the opportunity to take advantage of a matching grant for renovations and improvements which create a unique and attractive image for each business, respect original design parameters of the façade, have high design standards, are sustainable, and age friendly.