Parkside is one of the larger neighborhoods occupying approximately 218 acres. It was recognized as the City’s 56th neighborhood association on April 17, 2002. The neighborhood consists primarily of quiet residential properties, one small church, and a small commercial shopping area at the southwest corner of the neighborhood.
The public schools that service our neighborhood include: Burton Elementary School, Cascade Junior High School, Pacific Junior High School, Evergreen High School, and Heritage High School.
In the center of our community is Diamond Park, located at NE 145th Avenue, N of 28th Street. This 5.3-acre neighborhood park was developed in part with Real Estate Excise Tax funds and a land donation by Jack White. Our park currently includes play equipment, benches, and an open lawn area. The hours of our park are 7 a.m. to dusk and there are no fees. The park provides a playground for neighborhood children and a place for neighbors to gather, picnic, or walk.
As a neighborhood we value and strive to preserve our mature trees and open space to reflect a northwest look and feel. Based on Vancouver’s most recent tree canopy study, Parkside’s tree canopy coverage was 26 percent which is above the city’s average of 19 percent.
We recognize the benefits trees provide (cleanse the air, provide oxygen, reduce amount of energy to cool and heat our homes, intercepting storm water, contribute to neighborhood livability, how they improve shopping districts, reduce city noise and glare, and they calm and slow traffic, improve habitat for endangered fish, migratory birds, and other wildlife, reduce erosion, and mitigate flooding) and unlike many other investments that depreciate, a tree’s value increases with each passing year. Houses on tree-lined streets command prices that are up to 20 percent higher than houses in neighborhoods without trees.
Our neighborhood residents actively work to increase neighborhood tree canopy to maximize the environmental, social, and economic benefits of trees by planting new trees wherever possible and by preserving mature trees through proper maintenance. Therefore we will strive to sustain and increase our urban canopy within our neighborhood to maximize these benefits.
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