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Gresham Youth Services Division event offers safe gathering in wake of summer gunfire

PMG PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER KEIZUR - Gresham summer interns served pizza during the Yamhill Block Pizza Party Friday evening, Aug. 5.  A group of Rockwood neighbors came together for a free, fun-filled evening block party to celebrate community and reclaim a stretch of city blocks reeling from summer shootings.

PMG PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER KEIZUR - The Underground gym had equipment out for block party attendees to test their mettle. Friday evening, Aug. 5, a team of nonprofits, helmed by Gresham's Youth Services Division, hosted the Yamhill Block Pizza Party along blocked off Southeast 190th and Southeast Yahmill Street. The location was chosen because of gunfire that rang out a few months back, necessitating police investigations.

True to its name, the block party had slices of pizza and treats, live music, Legos and remote-controlled cars, workout equipment, giveaways, games, and community resources and information. All of it was free and family friendly.

Joining Gresham's Youth Services Division were Play Grow Learn, Family of Friends Mentoring, The Underground and ASIS Church, the Gresham Police Department, Latino Network, New Avenues for Youth, Outreach Oregon, and Day One Tech.

This was the latest event hosted by the Youth Services Division. They have been leading Friday Night Basketball, Summer Kids in the Park, summer internships and more. Visit for more information.

PMG PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER KEIZUR - Kids played with remote-controlled cars during the block party.

PMG PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER KEIZUR - The Yamhill Block Pizza Party, hosted by the Gresham Youth Services Division, was a way for community to safely gather.

PMG PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER KEIZUR - Gresham K9 Officer Tagg met with kids during the block party.

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