POSTED MARCH 5, 2109
(Portland, Oregon) –
Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) presents the third annual Portlanders Stand with Refugees & Immigrants celebration on Friday, March 15, 2019 at PP&R’s Southwest Community Center. All are welcome to the vibrant, multicultural community gathering to celebrate and welcome people new to Portland and the United States. Enjoy free admission for music, dancing, and camaraderie. Food vendors will be on site (food is for purchase).
What: Portlanders Stand with Refugees & Immigrants celebration – a free, multicultural community event with dancing, live performances, music, and fun. Enjoy food carts on site, serving throughout the event. Presented by PP&R’s Parks for New Portlanders program.
Where: PP&R’s Southwest Community Center, 6820 SW 45th Ave, Portland, Oregon 97219
When: Friday, March 15, 2019, 6pm–8pm
RSVP to the event at facebook.com/events/321364395387938/.
“Our community is stronger because of our diversity. Now, more than ever, we must stand with our immigrant and refugee neighbors,” says Portland Parks Commissioner Nick Fish, who will be speaking at the event. “Portland Parks & Recreation community centers, programs, and parks are inclusive places where everyone is welcome.”
Portland Parks & Recreation, via the Parks for New Portlanders program, also hosts events such as the Portland World Cup Soccer Tournament, and WALK with Refugees and Immigrants. These events are often many newcomers’ first experiences with their City government and helps people new to Portland access Portland Parks & Recreation offerings and other City services.
“Portland Parks & Recreation’s ongoing efforts in expanding all that we offer to traditionally under-represented communities are paying off, and we are fully committed to continuing this crucial work,” says Adena Long, the new Director of Portland Parks & Recreation. “Portland’s parks, natural areas, and community centers are a vital part of thriving neighborhoods – and we are working to ensure they, as well as City services, are readily available to all Portlanders.”
Director Long, who started at PP&R in February, will also be speaking at the event.
Portland Parks & Recreation welcomes people from all races, religions, countries of origin, sexual orientations, genders and abilities.