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A Brooklyn merchant steps up to help fill the gap PP&R left when Brooklyn Park funding ended

RITA A. LEONARD - Christie Gryphon, owner of Rose City Coffee across from Brooklyn Park, held a July 14 fundraiser to help support the parks summer programs for kids. Christie Gryphon, owner of the Rose City Coffee Shop on S.E. Milwaukie Avenue across from Brooklyn Park, held a fundraiser on July 14 to help support the park's summer programs, which are no longer underwritten by Portland Parks and Recreation.

From 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on that day, customers were asked as they bought coffee if they wanted to contribute to the fund along with their purchase. By the end of the day, Gryphon told THE BEE, "We brought in $300 in donations, which the coffee shop pledged to match."

Currently, the Summer Park Program, overseen by longtime park director Craig Montag, is about $3,000 short of what it needs to complete the 2019 summer season. A returnable bottle and can drive organized by Ben Tarne has been bringing in regular donations, however – and Montag has large blue bags with tags for "Friends of Brooklyn Park" stickers (and Rose City Coffee will also be handing out these bags) to be returned full of returnable cans and bottles to Montag at the park. The bottle and can drive is expected to continue throughout the year.

Gryphon suggests that other members of the Greater Brooklyn Business Association may also want to step up to help the summer program. "It's a wonderful action-packed activity program which operates four days a week for the local youths, in a safe and open environment."

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