HEADS UP!  Portland Parks and Recreation is recruiting a new Director, who will have a big influence on the future of our beloved Sellwood Community Center.  Please take a minute to let Commissioner Fritz know what your priorities are. TAKE THE SURVEY!

Here’s a message about the recruitment from Commissioner Fritz:

Dear Parks friend,

Summer in Portland is one of the most exciting and fun opportunities to enjoy all of what Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) has to offer, much of which cannot be provided without your unwavering support -from a diverse selection of Summer Free for All concerts and movies across the City, to over 11,000 acres of parks, natural areas and golf courses to enjoy in the sun, to pools around the City to keep you cool. This is also a time in which the City of Portland will soon begin its search for the next Director of Portland Parks & Recreation.

As you may know, the City of Portland currently has 9 Bureau Director vacancies, including at PP&R. The Mayor and the Bureau of Human Resources (BHR) have established a timeline to stagger these recruitments so that they can be done efficiently and effectively; PP&R is one of the later bureaus scheduled for BHR attention. To ensure that this recruitment is informed by employee and community voices regarding desired skills and characteristics, please take a few minutes to complete this anonymous survey by July 15, well before the BHR process begins. My team will be compiling responses from this survey to inform the next phase of the process that BHR and the PP&R Commissioner-in-Charge will lead. That phase, for which an executive recruiter has been hired, is currently expected to begin in the fall and be complete by early next year.

Your participation in this survey will be an important guide to help the City hire the next PP&R Director, and will inform the priorities for the bureau. Thank you for your taking the time to make your voice heard.

Survey Link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ParksDirInput_Cmty

I appreciate your partnership as together we seek the next leader of parks services for all Portlanders.


Amanda Fritz

Commissioner, City of Portland



The Friends of the Sellwood Community Center is a group of dedicated individuals in the community who are devoted to keeping the Sellwood Community Center vital and contributing to the health of the neighborhood.   Through a variety of activities the group supports programs at the Center, including fundraising for the “Permanent Fund” – an endowment to ensure the Center’s long term vitality.

Subscribe to the SMILE Friends of Sellwood Community Center Google Group.  You will receive committee meeting agendas and land use notices by email.  Contact the Friends of Sellwood Community Center Chair.

The Sellwood Community Center has been in operation since 1910 and is the second longest continuously operating community center in the city of Portland. It began life as a YMCA and became part of the Portland Parks and Recreation system in 1920, which has operated it as a neighborhood recreational facility ever since. In recognition of its significance the Center was approved for listing on the National Register of Historic Places.

Much more valuable than its status as a building are the services as a recreational and gathering place that are provided to the community. Preschool and afterschool care, instruction in sports like baseball, soccer, fencing and martial arts, adult classes in folk and ballroom dancing represent a broad range of opportunities to learn, participate and grow for everyone in the community. The Sellwood Community Center serves as a gathering place for all.