Be A Good Neighbor
Watching Vaux's Swifts swirl around and enter their nighttime roost at Chapman Elementary School is an increasingly popular Portland pastime. On any fair-weather evening in September, you will be one of 500-3,500 people arriving at and departing from this small neighborhood. Please be a good neighbor to Chapman-area residents by reading and following these tips:
Things to know before you go
- On-street parking near the school is very limited, especially on Pettygrove St. Your best defense is to plan to arrive early enough to park and walk a couple of blocks.
- Do not drive up Pettygrove Street beyond (west of) 26th Avenue: It's a dead end and easily becomes congested to the point of being hazardous. Please help the many residents of Pettygrove keep their own daily schedules -- as well as their sanity!
- City parking authorities will be patrolling. They will ticket vehicles for blocking driveways, double-parking and parking at fire hydrants.
- Public transportation brings you within blocks of the school. Check out the Portland Streetcar or TriMet bus line 15.
- There are public restrooms at Wallace Park near the intersection of NW 25th and NW Raleigh St. This is the northeast corner of the park.
- Garbage cans are few and far between - plan ahead! Bring your own garbage bag and take all your waste and recycling with you. This includes cardboard!
- Respect the property and privacy of neighbors - stay off lawns and driveways.
- Do not loiter on school grounds after the swifts have gone to bed - move to Wallace Park instead.
- It is illegal to smoke or drink alcohol on public school property.
- Remember that this event is supervised by YOU!