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Keep it coming

This is half the produce ECNA delivered to the St. Johns food bank today.  They are located on the corner of Lombard and Oswego, which is near the St. Johns town center.

The person running the place is Kathy Saunders, phone 503-286-0750.  She told me they lost one of their food suppliers, so I believe they are in need of more support.  For anyone wishing to donate money, they are a non-profit, and could probably use the financial support.  Call Kathy to learn more.

Thank you Brenda for organizing today’s delivery. – Gary Kunz

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Help feed the hungry

Today ECNA delivered about 200 pounds of excess garden produce to the St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church near the New Columbia housing area. 

Brenda Luzader is coordinating the gathering and Gary Kunz provided the delivery vehicle.  Throughout the summer excess produce will be collected and delivered to North Portland entities that have the means to distribute it.  The mix of fruit and vegetables will vary with availability throughout the summer.

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ECNA Board Members

Gary Kunz – Chair
Karen Myers – Treasurer
Helene Henry – Secretary
Ron Myers
Sally Beck
Ron Beck
Elizabeth Russel
Judy Hickman

Anthony Giltner – Land Use Committee
Gyrid Hyde Towle – Park Committee
Val Humble – Web Master

ECNA Meetings

Neighborhood Meetings are held quarterly on the 2nd Tuesday of February, May, August and November from 7 to 8:30pm at the Columbia Community Bible Church, 420 NE Marine Drive.

All are Welcome!

To contact us, email ValHumble at gmail.com

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City of Portland services phone numbers

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Some important phone numbers

  • Abandoned Vehicles
  • Graffiti Abatement
  • Report Illegal Dumping
  • City Information & Referral
  • City & County Mult. Co. Animal Services
  • Noise Complaints (City)
  • Airport Noise Management Office
  • Nuisance Complaints
  • Police — Non-Emergency
  • To report potholes
    503-823-BUMP (2867)
  • Issues with sign and intersection Visibility due to vegetation
  • Sidewalk Maintenance
  • Crime Prevention Coordinator
  • Portland Bureau of Police, Neighborhood Response Team, North Precinct
    Officer Bob Boynton

Multnomah County Drainage District

  • Peggidy Yates Executive Director
    503-281-5675 x300

Annual Neighborhood Events

  • Saturday ?????, 2020 – Arboretum Cleanup  10:00 – 12:00
  • Saturday ?????, 2020 – Neighborhood Garage Sale
  • -postponed- ECNA Community Cleanup (with Bridgeton)
  • Saturday ?????, 2020 – Summer Picnic
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Neighborhood History

East Columbia is a Portland neighborhood bordered roughly by Marine Drive on the north, the Columbia Slough on the south, Interstate 5 on the west and the Levee Road dike on the east. The area’s history has been shaped by the character of its wetlands and its role as a link between Portland and Vancouver. Before it was annexed to Portland, this general area was known as Faloma.

Early Years

Native Americans of the Multnomah tribe living on nearby Sauvie Island hunted and fished along Columbia Slough for hundreds, perhaps thousands of years.

Late 1700s

Early European explorers brought unfamiliar diseases to these tribes. Epidemics drastically reduced their numbers, and the malaria epidemic of the 1830s killed about 90 percent of them.


The Lewis and Clark Expedition passed nearby but did not camp here.


John Switzler and his family settled here. He supplied Fort Vancouver with cattle, which he pastured where Columbia Edgewater members now play golf. He also ran a post office and the first Portland-Vancouver ferry. The fare was 50 cents for a pedestrian and one dollar for a horse and rider.


The Portland and Vancouver Railroad reached Switzler’s ferry landing.


Local residents built a rough dike along the Columbia.


The original Columbia School was built as a one-room schoolhouse.


Portland Yacht Club was founded on the Willamette River. In 1926 they floated their clubhouse and boathouses to the current Marine Drive site.


Peninsula Drainage District #2 was formed to manage area flood threats.


A more substantial river dike was constructed.


Columbia Edgewater Country Club opened.


The Flood Control Act led to dike improvements by the Corps of Engineers over the next few years.


Columbia School was rebuilt to its current size.


Henry Kaiser created Vanport nearby to provide homes for shipyard workers during World War II. Their children attended Columbia School.

May 30, 1948

Flooding from a levee break destroyed Vanport, which was never rebuilt. The Vanport Flood also reached East Columbia. The Corps of Engineers soon strengthened the levees enough to withstand a 100-year flood.


Jubitz Truck Stop opened.

Early 1960s

The Interstate 5 freeway was built.


The “Christmas Flood” spurred evacuation, but the area did not flood.


Columbia School became a middle school and part of the Portland Public School District. It created an outdoor classroom that is now the Columbia Children’s Arboretum, administered by Portland Parks and Recreation.

Early 1970s

Portland annexed East Columbia, established commercial zoning here and required sewers. Area residents organized to deal with the high cost of sewer installation.

June 1977

East Columbia Neighborhood Association was formed.


At this point in its history, East Columbia included widely-spaced homes, recreational areas, open meadows, vegetable farms, horse stables, dog kennels and businesses related to the trucking industry.


Columbia School closed as a general school. Today, it provides classes for children with special social and emotional needs.


As of the 1990 census, East Columbia, with 475 acres, had 474 people living in 238 households.


The Albina Community Plan opened zoning for higher density housing.


Lija Loop added 32 new homes to the area. Other new houses expanded Meadow Drive and Faloma Road during the 1990s.


By the 2000 census, East Columbia had grown to 753 people living in 282 households. In 1999-2000, Blue Heron Meadows added 104 new homes.


Mariner’s Gale/Loop brought 86 new households to East Columbia.

Nov. 2009

East Columbia Neighborhood Association expanded its borders to welcome Deltawood and Fox Hollow residents and Hayden Meadows businesses.


As of the 2010 census, East Columbia has a population of 1,750.