By Northeast Community Center staff
For the Holywood Star News
“Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is a success.” – Henry Ford
There is a lively buzz at the Northeast Community Center – an undercurrent of excitement and anticipation. In the 10 years since it was founded by a dedicated group of community volunteers, the NECC has grown by leaps and bounds, serving the fitness, wellness, sports, recreational and enrichment needs of all ages in our community. In recent months, the “fit” in the NECC’s historic building has felt a bit snug, and the NECC is thrilled to announce the opening of an additional 4,500-square-foot space. Dubbed “the Annex,” this new space is located at 1606 N.E. 37th Ave., adjacent to the current NECC parking lot in the space that formerly housed the Portland Adventure Boot Camp. The Annex is scheduled to open August 24.
Kim Montagriff, NECC executive director, explains that “The Annex will allow the NECC to offer expanded and diversified fitness classes, programs, workshops, and community events in a large and centrally-located multi-use space. It will also relieve some of the pressure in our current building, and we will be able to expand some of the programs for which there is high community demand, such as our winter basketball league.”
Although the NECC will continue to provide women’s boot camp classes to serve the community that formerly utilized that space, the NECC has added to the current mix of functional fitness training equipment, creating a robust fitness and training center. Beginning in September, the NECC is adding Cardio Kickboxing, Tabata, Barre-Fusion, and Yo-Lates (Yoga and Pilates) classes to its already diverse adult fitness schedule. Similarly, the Annex will provide training space for young athletes, and will provide a veritable playground for those working with NECC’s certified personal trainers in small group or personal training sessions.
The Annex will also be put to use as a special-events center and space for youth classes. The NECC has long supported other community organizations by sharing our space, hosting workshops, or participating in collaborative community projects, and this expansion nearly doubles the space available for this support. In September the NECC will host a music class, Music & Move with Micah & Me, along with other youth classes and activities.
The Annex is located next door to another local non-profit organization, Dress for Success. When Montagriff heard about the availability of the space, she immediately contacted the landlord, David Pietka. “David has been very active in our community, and he was excited about developing a cooperative relationship between the Mountain Shop, which is located in the same building, and the NECC. We are looking for opportunities to work together in providing workshops, fitness classes, and special events.”
What else could possibly happen in the space? We are buzzing with ideas – a bouldering wall? Youth birthday parties? Yoga conferences? Unlike most fitness centers, the NECC is a non-profit and receives no money from the city, county, or Portland Parks and Recreation – it is about the kids, families, and individuals, young and old, who live, work and play in the Hollywood and surrounding neighborhoods. So, is there fitness, wellness, recreational, learning or cultural class or programming you would like to see at your neighborhood non-profit community center? Drop us a line and let us know – we would like to hear from you and can be reached at gro.r1503529454etnec1503529454ytinu1503529454mmoce1503529454n@ofn1503529454i1503529454.