Yesterday morning, when many were watching Colombia play Greece in Group C World Cup action, a strong group of supporters gathered at N Trenton & N Woolsley Avenues in North Portland to commemorate the opening of Operation Pitch Invasion's first signature project: Bless Field.
Speakers included OPI board member Shawn Levy, Portland City Commissioner Dan Saltzman, Portland Timbers COO Mike Golub, PDC Commissioner Tom Kelly, and the regional chief executive for Providence Health & Services in Oregon: Dave Underriner.
A lot of work went into making this field happen, and everyone went through the history of the project and how it came to fruition and completion.
The biggest news of the morning was the goal that OPI intends to complete a project like this once every two years. And to help accomplish that goal, they have entered into an official partnership with the Timbers and Thorns organizations. In addition to this, Dave Underriner added Providence Health & Services unwavering support to OPI as well.
Bless Field is officially open for children of the New Columbia neighborhood to use. And with this first large project complete, others in neighborhoods across the metro area should follow.