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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Portland Parks has proposed closing one of our neighborhood's most important assest for building community and wellness. Working together, we can stop this. Find out how you can help at savecolumbiapool.com 

At an emergency meeting last night (Monday, March 18) the Portsmouth Neighborhood Association Board voted to oppose Portland Parks's proposal to close Columbia Pool in 2020.

PNA also dedicated resources to help support community organizing against the closure, and workgroups were formed to focus on different areas of work on a very tight timeline.
We recognize that this is an "all hands on deck" situation, with skills, leadership and experience coming from a variety of individuals and organizations. We look forward to working together to prevent the pool closure. This action would have a negative impact not just Portsmouth - one of Portland's most diverse neighborhoods - not just the North Portland Peninsula - which remains underserved in many respects - but all of Portland.
The meeting was attended by over 50 people from many communities and organizations who showed their commitment to take specific actions and next steps.
There will be more information forthcoming very soon and many opportunities to be involved.
-- Mary-Margaret Wheeler-Weber
(*text is great, but please use the phone number only if necessary, e.g. you are on a deadline - I work during the day and need to take a break to answer calls or texts - thank you!)


Portsmouth is a neighborhood on the North Portland peninsula. Its boundaries are the railroad cut on the west, Lombard on the south, Chautauqua on the east and Columbia Boulevard on the north. 

The Portsmouth Neighbothood Assocation is one of the 95 officially recognized neighborhood associations in Portland. Neighborhood associations are a powerful resource that draws together a diversity of people who are concerned with issues affecting the quality of life in their neighborhoods.  Participation is voluntary and open to all residents who live, own property or a business, organization, church or government agency within its boundaries. 

Your neighborhood association does the following:

  • Advocates: Represents neighborhood interests to local government, participates on policy committees, develops grassroots campaigns and advocates for community priorities.

  • Communicates Activities and Ideas: Organizes forums, writes and distributes neighborhood communications.

  • Organizes Community Events: Plans block parties, festivals, clean-ups, tree plantings and other events.

Get involved!

  • Attend your Association meetings: Discuss important issues with neighbors

  • Participate on a Committee: Organize events and activities

  • Join the Board of Directors: Plan priorities and make decisions

  • Participate in Association Activities: Contribute to social media, plant a tree, volunteer and participate in other activities

  • Help create vibrant, livable, sustainable and democratic communities in North Portland! 

For more information on how to get involved, contact one of the current Board members.