Help Save Sellwood Community Center!

Let’s join together to save our community center, which is on the City’s budget chopping block.  Now is the time to speak up and speak out!  Meeting information HERE.  Join a Facebook group for the latest updates.  Talking points below:

  • Sellwood Community Center should NOT be closed
  • Sellwood Community Center is a thriving program with waiting lists for preschool, afterschool care, and
  • summer camps.
  • There are no other affordable recreation options in the neighborhood if Sellwood Community Center closes.
  • No other Park Bureau facility can absorb the program from Sellwood Community Center.
  • This closure is counterproductive to the 20-minute walkable neighborhood goal that the City is promoting.
  • The loss of the Sellwood-Moreland Boys and Girls Club has put increased pressure on Sellwood Community
  • Center to provide even more programming for the neighborhood.
  • With construction of hundreds of small apartment units, and the resulting 25% increased density in
  • Sellwood-Westmoreland, people need places to go to get out of their units and recreate.
  • Sellwood Community Center creates community by providing connections between families.
  • Safe, indoor spaces are important for all Portlanders, both young and old, especially in this climate, to
  • promote physical, mental, and social wellbeing.
  • Sellwood Community Center serves the needs of surrounding neighborhoods.
  • This closure is being done with little or no public involvement in the process.
Our next Friends of Sellwood Community Center meeting is on Tuesday, March 26, 2019, at the community center at 7 PM.  We will be discussing plans for the one and only public testimony on the entire city budget that will take place during this budget cycle. Here are the details of the meeting:

Townhall Budget Forum

Topic:  Public testimony by lottery (tickets available starting at 5:30pm)

Date/Time:  Tuesday, April 2, 2019, 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Location:  IRCO Main Office – Gym, 10301 NE Glisan Street, Portland, OR 97220

Transit:  MAX Red Line, MAX Blue Line, Bus Line 15, Bus Line 19, Bus Line 25

Community Work Session

Topics:  Invited testimony and discussion on Parks, Recreation, and Open Spaces

Date/Time:  Tuesday, April 9, 2019, 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Location:  David Douglas High School – North Cafeteria, 1001 SE 135th Avenue, Portland, OR 97233

Transit:  Bus Line 20, Bus Line 2

Note regarding April 9 Community Work Session:  Community members are welcome to watch/listen in-person or online at YouTube channel eGov PDX. Please also provide opinions and insight to the City online. There will be no public testimony at this event.

We hope the entire neighborhood will get behind these efforts to save our community center for current and future generations.