A Community Center for Gresham

A Community Center for Gresham

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Gresham Stand Up started this petition to Gresham-Barlow School District and

Gresham does not have a space for the community to gather for group activities, social support, or share and receive public information. Nor does Gresham have a central space for use during emergencies. Last year’s wildfires, and the ongoing pandemic have demonstrated that Gresham lacks spaces that the community can use during times of high need.

It is unacceptable that with Gresham being the 4th largest city in the state, there is no appropriate place that meets the recreational, cultural, and communal needs of the city.

Gresham is home to an increasingly diverse population. Compared to Portland metro, there are more people from foreign countries, more households where English is not the first language, along with a higher percentage of people living in poverty (including children and seniors). As more people move to Gresham (and as housing costs continue to accelerate across Oregon), Gresham will continue to be a place where families and communities from diverse backgrounds come to make a home. 

We propose the start of a discussion to utilize West Gresham Elementary School as the site for a community center for Gresham. This location is ideal becuase of its proximity to businesses, public transportation, as well as the spaces within it (green and sports areas, cafeteria, and indoor spaces).

Places like the Rosewood Initiative in outer SE Portland have been pioneers in providing a space for everything from English language classes to music lessons to hosting weddings and Quinceañeras.

Gresham needs a similar space, centered on community needs and led by community members from populations that have historically been marginalized and excluded in Gresham leadership.

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