Friday, June 5, 2009

A thank you, a reminder, and an invitation


This week, more than 150 Lents residents gathered in our park to show that this neighborhood does not want pro baseball just feet away from homes. Your presence helped set the stage for a real conversation, not just a procedural approval.

There's much left to be done. City Commissioner Dan Saltzman has written a letter outlining the terms he needs to see met before he will vote to approve the stadium. Conspicuously absent from that list is livability for neighbors. Write to Commissioner Saltzman at and tell him why you're concerned about plans to build a stadium in your neighborhood park.

Friday nights at the Lents Town Center are a special time, where the community gathers, neighbors chat, and, yes, foes on this ballpark deal converse about other things. It was wonderful to see 150 of you out at Lents Park on Wednesday evening. Come on down to the Lents Town Center for QT on the LTC and have a burrito at El Pato, a sandwich from Ararat or a hearty dinner at the New Copper Penny, then join the neighborhood at the plaza on the northwest corner of 92nd and Foster.

And if you have time Sunday, we encourage you to head on out to the United for Oregon March, where many members of Friends of Lents Park will gather to protest this proposed grab of our parkland. For more information, e-mail us at

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