Save Our Community Centers!

The Woodstock Community Center has been tagged for possible closure in the city’s budget process, along with several other small centers. As reported in last month’s e-news, Portland Parks and Recreation’s Requested Budget for 2018-19 recommends closing Woodstock Community Center (WCC), as part of a package of 5% budget cuts. This would be devastating to our communities. It flies in the face of the city’s touted “20-minute neighborhood” planning goal. And it would mean the end of the WCC’s preschool program, not to mention all the great recreation programs held there. Together, we say, “NO! Please don’t close our community centers!”

Friends of the Woodstock Community Center and other Woodstockians joined the “Rally to Save Our Community Centers” held at the Sellwood Community Center on the morning of March 17th, and collected 165 petition signatures as well as nearly 500 postcards to send to the City Council. The event received good KATU story and photos. [Above photo by Dawn Haecker.]

Keep the pressure on: Tell city officials to save our community centers! If you haven’t done so yet, please write a note to Mayor Ted Wheeler and Commissioner Amanda Fritz, expressing what the WCC means to you, your family, and your community!

In addition, neighbors from the affected communities are working to present a united front at two Citywide Budget Forums scheduled for April. If tyou can make it, please stand with us:

Tues., April 3, 6:30-8:30pm
David Douglas High School
1001 SE 135th Ave., 97233


Tues., April 17, 6:30-8:30pm
Roosevelt High School
6941 N. Central St., 97203

We have seen many new faces at our Friends meetings—now regularly scheduled for every 4th Wednesday at 7pm at the Woodstock Community Center—but we have unlimited volunteer opportunities in the months ahead, so please join us, become a regular, and make your voice heard in our group and in our community. For more info, please contact the Friends group at