While City funding for Sellwood Community Center ends on 8/30/19, the Friends of Sellwood Community Center and SMILE are in ongoing talks with the city and are working towards a solution that could potentially keep the building and programming running, transitioning from Portland Parks and Recreation to Friends of Sellwood Community Center starting 9/1/19.  There are many details still to be worked out, but we are working hard to ensure uninterrupted preschool, after-school/camps, and recreation services.

If you would like to stay informed on the progress, please email Gail Hoffnagle  to get on the email distribution list for more updates.  You can also attend the SMILE meetings on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month 7:30pm at the SMILE Station at 8210 SE 13th Ave.


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 Mailing List.  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.