About the Friends of Sellwood Community Center Committee
The Friends of the Sellwood Community Center are a group of dedicated individuals in the community who are devoted to keeping the Sellwood Community Center vital and contributing to the health of the neighborhood through a variety of activities supporting programs at the Center including fundraising for the “Permanent Fund” – an endowment to ensure long term vitality.
The Sellwood Community Center has been in operation since 1910 and is the second longest continuously operating community center in the city of Portland. It began life as a YMCA and became part of the Portland Parks and Recreation system in 1920, which has operated it as a neighborhood recreational facility ever since. In recognition of its significance the Center was recently approved for listing on the National Register of Historic Places. Much more valuable than its status as a building are the services as a recreational and gathering place that are provided to the community. Preschool and afterschool care, instruction in sports like baseball, soccer, fencing and martial arts, adult classes in folk and ballroom dancing represent a broad range of opportunities to learn, participate and grow for everyone in the community. The Sellwood Community Center serves as a gathering place for all.