Friends and neighbors-
Two months ago, we spoke up and had our voices heard: Lents Park has enormous potential as a community gem, not as a professional baseball stadium.
Portland heard us loud and clear. And better yet, city hall is still listening.
Commissioner Nick Fish, an opponent of the stadium plan and Portland’s city commissioner in charge of parks, wants to hear from Lents residents about the future of our centerpiece park (and its nearby twin, Bloomington Park). The city is looking for areas of need and opportunities for improvement, and city officials think Lents residents are in the best position to advise them on what those needs and opportunities are.
Do we need new turf, better lighting, more water fountains and restrooms? Could Lents Park be home to a community center, an amphitheater, or an anchor on a greenway?
We’re inviting all of you to come out to the Lents Park Gazebo at 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 17. At this point, Commissioner Fish, Zari Santner (Parks Director), and Doug Brenner (Zone Manager) are planning on attending this brainstorming and listening session (although schedules are always subject to change). Hopefully, this will be a starting point for a long discussion about making Lents Park one of the best parks in America’s best city for parks.
I’d love to see you all out there. And one last thing — don’t forget to go next door and tell your neighbors, too. We did amazing things thanks to community outreach in June — we can continue to do amazing things with that same kind of dedication and effort.
Thanks, and feel free to send me an e-mail if you have any questions.