Opinion: Don't let Alpenrose slip away
Don't let Alpenrose property opportunity 'get away'
Growing up in Portland in a modest single family home on a street where about half of the homes on the block had kids in the same age bracket, we would play games in the street and have Monopoly tournaments under the trees in our backyards.
With tuna cans for cups, my neighbor and I even had a six-hole golf course crisscrossing our adjoining front yards where we used plastic golf balls and a kid size three iron and putter.
Today with density, the streets are too busy for games and housing advocates want every square inch of available land to be built up with multi-family housing. To reduce gun violence and provide activities for kids, the Portland City Council has pledged millions of dollars to social service organizations.
Providing compatible terra firma infrastructure that everybody can use must also be part of that commitment. Some of the infrastructure should include the Alpenrose Dairy property with its ball fields and other amenities. As center stage for past Little League World Series events, the property is well suited for use by the people of Portland from all neighborhoods.
Similar to what was done to purchase the Pittock Mansion in the 1960s, a fundraising effort needs to take place for a public purchase of this property.
Instead of just paying large sums of money to privileged star athletes to promote products, Nike, Adidas and other local sports related companies should also significantly help out by chipping in with large financial contributions.
Fishermen always talk about the big one that got away. If the Alpenrose Dairy property isn't saved for public use, it will be the big one the city let get away.
Terry Parker lives in Northeast Portland
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