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Help select the building color for Holgate Library!

Vote for your favorite building color

As part of Multnomah County Library’s building and expansion program, Holgate Library is being rebuilt as a new, larger library. Through listening sessions and online meetings, community members have provided so many great ideas for the library. Back in May, the public voted on the interior design (you can view the new interior design). Now we’d like to hear from you again. 

Option A

The exterior of the new Holgate Library will have a custom metal panel which will give the building a unique look. Similar to the interior design voted on by the public, the exterior color options are also inspired by calming colors found in nature.

Option B

Voting is available online and at Holgate Library where we have poster boards to display the options, alongside Chromebooks to show videos of the colors changing in the light. Voting information is available in all We Speak Your Language options (Chinese, Vietnamese, Russian, Spanish, English).

Option C

Voting ends on October 14. 

Please sign up for email updates on library bond projects. We will keep you in the loop so you can join us in designing and building the best libraries for you and our community.

Mt. Scott Community Center Open House

You are invited to Portland Parks & Recreation Department’s upcoming open house informational meeting scheduled September 24th, 2:30 – 4:30pm at the Mt. Scott Community Center. 5530 SE 72nd Ave, Portland, OR 97206

The Mt. Scott Community Center Seismic Retrofit and Expansion project will renovate the Mt. Scott Community Center and will improve community safety, improve ADA accessibility, and expand recreational programming. The project includes a partial demolition and reconstruction of the Community Center. The reconstructed portion will include expanded space for preschool, multi-purpose classrooms, teen center, event center, fitness and aerobics studio, and office/administrative spaces. The remaining portions include the gym and skating rink, which will be improved with seismic retrofits, and the aquatic center which will have a roof replacement. Site improvements include repaving the parking area, constructing a new plaza area, and landscaping around the new building area and parking area.

For general inquiries, please contact Marlo Medelin with Portland Parks & Recreation at 971-940-5739 or

82nd Ave online open house, survey and advisory group

The image features people bicycling, playing ball, strolling with child alongside a school. The PBOT logo and the text, "Building a Better 82nd" are visible.

Applications due Sept. 8

Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) wants your input to shape the future of 82nd Avenue. Visit the Building a Better 82nd Avenue Online Open House and take the survey to help us understand your priorities for future investment.

Critical fixes are coming soon and your voice can reaffirm community priorities for the next $105 million of investment. As the open house launches, PBOT are recruiting 18 community members for the Building a Better 82nd Ave Community Advisory Group (CAG). Volunteers will help the project team engage with the community to make 82nd Avenue better for all. Applications to the advisory group are due September 8.

Critical Fixes    |    Future Investments    |    82nd Ave Plan (2019)    |    Contact PBOT
Background information and project documents for Building a Better 82nd Avenue (Source: PBOT)

It’s Been A Year, Let’s Celebrate!

The Arleta Triangle Square at sunset

Thank you to all the amazing neighbors that painted the Arleta Triangle Square last Saturday! We couldn’t have done this without you all. It has been a year for all of us and we could not be happier to have you here with us.

Missed the activities? There are still opportunities to be involved in creating community space with neighbors and an opening celebration coming up!

All events are at the Arleta Triangle Square located at 5961-5999 SE 72nd Ave, Portland OR 97206.

8/25, Thursday 9AM-NOON Painting Day

Paint finishing touches on the plaza and extend its longevity with a second layer. Paint supplies provided. Interested but unsure? Accommodation is available. Everyone is welcome!

Neighbors painting the Arleta Triangle Square

8/27, Saturday 10AM-NOON Work Party

Garden, clean, and help make a good place better. Interested in adopting a planter? The Arleta Triangle Project invites local artists to contribute designs and paint the planters.

Arleta Triangle Summer Work Parties

8/30, Tuesday 9AM-11AM Tree Install Prep

You heard right, trees are coming to the Square! We listened to the feedback and have trees on the way. Temporary planter pots and helping hands are needed to transition yarrow plants out of the concrete barricades. Work crews are on site the next day to install small trees and need the space clear beforehand.

Wood furniture will be assembled on site for the plaza this week. Help is needed to stain the wood and ensure it survives through the seasons. Stay tuned to our social media channels at the end of this post for details as they become available.

Plant potters call to action

9/8, Thursday 3:30PM-8:00PM Opening Celebrations

RSVP today! Bollywood Block Parties in Portland | DJ Prashant | Eventbrite

Celebrate community with youth storytelling by Habiba Addo, enjoy organic cotton candy from Sweet Day, and enjoy music together. Don’t miss the chance to dance with DJ Prashant for FREE! Celebrate the launch of Dance United starting at 6PM as they improve the lives of immigrants, refugees, and the BIPOC community by celebrating diversity across cultures and uniting people through music and dance. Interactive dance lessons for all ages and abilities provided. And EVERYONE is welcome to attend. Guests from Community Safety Division, elected officials, and more will be present for the celebrations.
Outdoors & All Ages Friendly. We’d love to see you there! 

Dance United presents Bollywood Block Party with DJ Prashant

The community painting is made possible through support from the City of Portland, PBOT, PSU Center for Public Interest & Design, SymbiOp, The Arleta Triangle Project, Office of Community & Civic Life, Community Safety Division, SE Uplift, City Repair, Pickathon, Mt. Scott-Arleta Neighborhood Association, and neighbors like you. Thank you!

Neighbors painting the Arleta Triangle Square