Proposed Closure part of the PP&R FY 2018-19 Budget Proposal
The Portland Bureau of Parks and Recreation (PP&R) has just released its proposed budget cuts for fiscal year 2018-19. Included in the package is a proposal to close the Woodstock Community Center at an alleged savings of $35,000. We have been through this before.
History: As part of the budget process for fiscal year 2003/2004, the PP&R proposed closing the Woodstock Community Center due to budget shortfalls. After a year of investigating strategies with PP&R to save the building, a Partnership Agreement between the Woodstock Neighborhood Association (WNA) and PP&R was signed in June of 2004.
The agreement assigned WNA and the Friends of the Woodstock Community Center responsibility for specified routine maintenance such as custodial tasks and landscape maintenance. The idea was that by off-loading such expenses, the building could be run in a manner that was “cost neutral” and would not require a subsidy from the City’s general fund. This agreement proved to be very successful, and it has been renewed several times. It is set to either expire or be renewed in July of 2018.
A city budget meeting was held on Thursday, January 4, 2018, at IRCO on NE Glisan, and some our neighborhood reps did attend in order to learn more and to voice their concerns.
But we need to keep the pressure on! Voice YOUR concerns about closing our Community Center. Click HERE to proceed to Parks’ online comment form.