Sellwood Moreland Improvement League

Sellwood Community Center

Citizens rally to support Sellwood Community Center

Citizen “awareness fundraiser” for Sellwood Community Center. From noon to 6 on Saturday, April 9th, a group of Sellwood residents is holding an “awareness fundraiser” at the Sellwood Community Center, S.E. 15th and Spokane Streets. There will be live entertainment, food, demonstrations, children’s activities, fun and games….all for a suggested donation of $3 or more. The money is to be dedicated to helping to save the center, currently slated for cuts by the Portland Parks and Recreation Department, which operates it. For information, call Will and Melissa Moye at 503/234-3742.

First meeting of the committee was March 9th


The first organizational meeting of the Committee to Save the Sellwood
Community Center met Wednesday night, March 9th.

We are taking our first steps toward developing a plan, not only to keep the
Center open but to enhance the level of services offered. The next meeting
of the Committee is tentatively scheduled for 7:30 PM on Monday, March 28th at the SMILE Station, 8210 SE 13th Avenue. Feel free to let us know your ideas before then, as the Committee will be working via e-mail between now and then.

In the meantime, the Committee is recommending that we use all available networks, people we know, work with and play with to send a strong message to City Council to keep the Center open, to maintain the current level of services. The Center provides valuable services to over 31,000 people a year. It serves as a center in the community, helping to keep neighbors connected to one another, reinforcing the sense of community and safety, and creating a sense of place that reinforces people's optimism about where they live, enabling them to continue to be productive members of our neighborhood and city.

Please send a message today to the City Commissioners, especially Dan
Saltzman, Randy Leonard, and Mayor Tom Potter. Tell them to keep the Sellwood Community Center open and to maintain the current service offerings. If necessary, our community is developing a plan to manage the Center, but our preference is that the City continue to operate the Center at its CURRENT LEVEL OF SERVICE.

You can send these messages via an online comment form (see hotlink below). You will need to
register, but that is a simple process that just identifies you as a
resident of the city. Letters are also useful. They can be mailed to the
Commissioner Dan Saltzman, Commissioner Randy Leonard and Mayor Tom Potter
at Portland City Hall, 1221 SW 4th Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97204. Tell
them to keep the Sellwood Community Center open and to maintain current
services.

We have heard that they are mst infuenced by powerful comments about your own personal experience of the value of the Community Center, the classes you have taken, the people you met, the skills you learned, the enjoyment and growth your children have received.

Time is of the essence. Budget hearings are going on right now, and
decisions will be made by Spring Break. Please take a moment now to send an e-mail, letter, or postcard. Please contact us if you'd like any help in crafting your letter, but a letter from the heart, with an emphasis on the benefits to our community, would be most helpful.

Thank you for your interest, enthusiasm and support. Together, we can make this a winner.

Committee Chair:
Kevin Downing
503/238-4665
(or e-mail, using the hotlink below)

Email us
vandown@teleport.com

Links

City online comment form

Posted by smile333 on 04/01/2005
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