Save Buckman Pool
  • Petitioned Mike Abbate

This petition was delivered to:

Director of Parks & Recreation
Mike Abbate
Mayor Sam Adams
Commissioner Amanda Fritz
Commissioner Nick Fish
Commissioner Randy Leonard
Commissioner Dan Saltzman

Save Buckman Pool

    1. Petition by

      Christine Yun

      Portland, OR

For the fourth time in a decade, Portland Parks is trying to close Buckman Pool for good.  The first time was in 2002, when budget cuts forced closure or reduced hours at many Parks facilities.  Then Commissioner Jim Francesconi met with the Buckman neighborhood, and promised to reopen the pool if we passed the Parks Levy.  The Parks Levy passed in 2003, and Buckman Pool reopened.

In 2005 Parks again tried to cut the budget for Buckman Pool, despite the fact that the Levy did not expire until 2008.  Parks cited the fact that the pool was underutilized compared to other facilities.  The real reason was that the pool is in a PPS building, and Parks could not control opening hours, utilities and management of the pool.  The neighborhood and the parent population at Buckman Pool rallied and protested the closure.  Council agreed in 2005 to keep the pool open.  Shortly afterward, the pool was closed due to the inability of the pumps to keep the pool filled.  A probable conclusion by PPS, which did the destructive investigation, was failure of the tiled pool surface due to deferred maintenance.  Under further community pressure, Council agreed to fix the pool.  The pool did not reopen until July of 2006.  A new agreement between PPS and Parks was reached, giving Parks more control over maintenance of the pool itself.

The current Parks budget proposes closing Buckman Pool in all of its budget alternatives.  The $79,720 in savings is 4.5% of the total budget cuts proposed in the least damaging of the budget alternatives.  By contrast, only 1 management position is being cut at $100,000 savings.


The inner Southeast neighborhoods were promised a community center well before Southwest Community Center and East Portland Community Centers were built.  Parks' analysis of facilities distribution throughout the city has consistently shown inner Southeast to be Parks-deficient.  Land for a new community center was finally purchased at the former Washington High School in 2005.  In 2009, using funds from a federal grant, preliminary design for the community center with a citizen's advisory committee began.  The project is currently in for a conditional use master plan approval.  Once the plan is approved, then Parks can start looking for funds for building design, permitting and construction.  Part of the funding will no doubt require the passage of a Parks Levy. A complete and fully functioning community center at Washington High will not happen for 10 years with this economic climate.  With the loss of Buckman pool, the inner Southeast will lose its only Parks facility providing programming for people of all ages and genders.

Ask City Council to keep Buckman Pool open until a new Southeast Community Center is fully functioning.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Congratulations - the Mayor has decided to keep Buckman Pool Open!

      Christine Yun
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you so much for helping save Buckman Pool. Let's show the mayor and city commissioners who worked to keep Buckman Pool open our gratitude. Please send a quick letter of thanks. You all are terrific, and this could never have happened without you!

    2. I promise, this is your LAST chance ever to save Buckman Pool.

      Christine Yun
      Petition Organizer

      The mayor’s proposed budget came out last week, and Buckman Pool along with Hillside Community Center and Fulton Community Center are being proposed as ongoing (= permanent) closures.

      There are 2 things you can do:

      1. Attend the Community Budget Hearing, Thursday, May 17th, 6:30 to 8:30 pm at David Douglas High School, South Cafeteria, 1001 SE 135th Avenue. Sign up to give testimony on Buckman Pool. Please note that they will be drawing testifiers’ names out of a hat, so the more people we have signed up, the better our chances of actually being able to testify. This type of testimony is what saved the pool from closing back in 2005.

      2. Send another e-mail/letter to Nick Fish, cc the rest of City Council. See link.

      We don’t want to be our own worst enemies. We want to praise and encourage Comm. Fish for looking for opportunities in the budget to save Buckman Pool as a symbol of better things to come with the future SE Community Center.

    3. Last chance to save Buckman Pool

      Christine Yun
      Petition Organizer

      Ken Diener and I met with Amanda Fritz Friday afternoon. What is going to matter most to the other commissioners is a personal e-mail that talks about why Buckman Pool is important to you and your family, and how it is going to affect your life or your neighborhood if the pool is closed.

      If any of you have brilliant ideas on how to increase usage or funding, please include that in your letter as well. The mayor's budget comes out at the end of the month, and if we hit them hard before that, they can't cut the pool so easily.

      Please spread the word!

      Thanks,
      Christine

      Sam Adams, Mayor
      Phone: (503) 823-4120
      E-mail: mayorsam@portlandoregon.gov

      Amanda Fritz
      Phone: (503) 823-3008
      E-mail: amanda@portlandoregon.gov

      Nick Fish
      (503) 823-3589
      e-mail: Nick@portlandoregon.gov

      Randy Leonard
      Phone: (503) 823-4682
      E-mail: randy@portlandoregon.gov

      Dan Saltzman
      Phone: (503) 823-4151
      E-mail: dan@portlandoregon.gov

      Mike Abbate
      Director.Abbate@portlandoregon.gov

    4. Talking points

      Christine Yun
      Petition Organizer

      Go to http://on.fb.me/SaveBuckmanPool to see talking points for your e-mails.

    5. Contact info for Council, Parks Director and Planning Commissioner

      Christine Yun
      Petition Organizer

      There's a character limit on what I can post. Here is the contact info in it's entirety:
      Sam Adams, Mayor
      City Hall @ 1221 SW 4th Avenue, Room 340, 97204
      Phone: (503) 823-4120
      E-mail: mayorsam@portlandoregon.gov

      Amanda Fritz
      City Hall @ 1221 SW 4th Avenue, Room 220, 97204
      Phone: (503) 823-3008
      E-mail: amanda@portlandoregon.gov

      Nick Fish
      City Hall @ 1221 SW 4th Ave, Room 240, 97204
      (503) 823-3589
      e-mail: Nick@portlandoregon.gov

      Randy Leonard
      City Hall @ 1221 SW 4th Avenue, Room 210, 97204
      Phone: (503) 823-4682
      E-mail: randy@portlandoregon.gov

      Dan Saltzman
      City Hall @ 1221 SW 4th Avenue, Room 230, 97204
      Phone: (503) 823-4151
      E-mail: dan@portlandoregon.gov

      Mike Abbate
      Director of Parks
      Director.Abbate@portlandoregon.gov

      Chris Smith
      Planning Commissioner
      chris@chrissmith.us

    6. One more push needed before city budget is decided on Buckman Pool

      Christine Yun
      Petition Organizer

      Thanks to everyone who signed! As of the April 5th budget workshop, Parks is still proposing to close Buckman Pool, even though they are not cutting 50 administrative or higher management positions, any one of which would pay to keep the pool open. The other community centers, which were slated for closure, Fulton and Hillside, are off the chopping block because of advocacy.

      We have heard we now need to send in personally generated e-mails to each of the
      Commissioners, the Mayor and the Director of Parks. The change.org petition does not let them see who the e-mail came from, so they claim they don't really count these petition e-mails.

      We are planning on personal visits with commissioners to drill home the point that closing Buckman Pool is not equitable when looking at city wide facilities and would create irrevocable damage to the sustainablity of the neighborhood. I encourage any of you to do the same. Contact info:

      director.abbate@portlandoregon.gov
      chris@chrissmith.us

    7. Reached 250 signatures
    8. City Budget Hearing Wednesday, March 21st, 6:30-8:30 pm

      Christine Yun
      Petition Organizer

      At Cleveland H.S. You all have done a great job signing the online petition - we need to show them we can show up in person and talk, too. Hope to see you there.

    9. This is awesome - over 50% of our signature goal in only 3 days !

      Christine Yun
      Petition Organizer

      It shows that Buckman Pool has a dedicated community behind it.

    10. Reached 100 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • afrodita anton PORTLAND, OR
      • over 2 years ago

      Buckman is a small neighborhood pool that is easily accesible to all. Also it is not crowded as are community centers, the risk of disease is low, and the lifeguards are friendly. Finally colsing a small pool is not going to save Portland's huge bugetary problems. In fact, it will have no significant effect on Portland's economy, one way or the other. Portland's politicians must start finding real solutions.

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    • Jen Taylor PORTLAND, OR
      • over 2 years ago

      My kids are Buckman alumni. Besides the personal nostalgia, this pool is a huge community asset. Don't sacrifice it, figure out how to enhance its utilization until the new community center can fill the literal hole.

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    • Paul Krewson VISTA, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      Because the kids of the future should have the same resources that we enjoyed growing up instead of taking the joys that kids have away.

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    • JoDi crofton MALOTT, WA
      • over 2 years ago

      I wanna see it stay open for the kids that are growing up where i did!!!

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    • Kathleen Youell PORTLAND, OR
      • over 2 years ago

      Buckman pool is one of the things that drew our family to Inner Southeast. Please do not renege on promises already made and leave it open until the new Community Center is fully functioning.

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