Clackamas County and city officials say adding the word ‘community’ helps promote an inclusive, welcoming and vibrant space
With the addition of the word “community,” a Milwaukie building constructed as a senior center in 1980 entered 2022 with a new name and a renewed emphasis on serving people of all ages.
Operated by North Clackamas Parks & Recreation District since 1992, the North Clackamas Park building officially changed its name to the Milwaukie Community Center to better represent its purpose and commitment to serving all residents.
City and county officials say the new name of the center helps promote an inclusive, welcoming and vibrant space. The Milwaukie Community Center now serves all ages with events, learning opportunities, and social services such as meals on wheels.
County commissioners, NCPRD staff and partners celebrated the name change in a sign unveiling ceremony on November 29. The event also recognized the name changes of the centre’s two volunteer boards of directors: the Milwaukie Community Center Advisory Board and the Milwaukie Community Center Foundation.
The name change process began two years ago when the Centre’s Community Advisory Board unanimously recommended and supported the idea.
On August 3, Milwaukie City Council unanimously backed the name change after council chair Kathy Hyzy observed that the center was accessible to everyone in the area,
and the group agreed to replace “Milwaukians” with “residents of the entire region” in the resolution’s first sentence. On August 19, the County Commissioners Council, acting as the NCPRD board of directors, gave final approval to change the name of the Milwaukie Center to Milwaukie Community Center. The new name was also approved by the NCPRD advisory committee and the city’s Parks and Recreation Council.
Officials say the name may be new, but the core values and services of the Milwaukie Community Center remain the same. The center will continue to offer a wide variety of resources for seniors, as well as recreational and enrichment programs for all ages.
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