Providence and Timbers working together to create healthier communities

May 01, 2014

In just weeks, kids in North Portland will have a new all-weather turf soccer field to play on. Providence took part in the groundbreaking of Bless Field on April 29. The 9000-square-foot soccer field is located in North Portland’s New Columbia neighborhood, next to Rosa Parks Elementary School and the local Boys & Girls Club.

It’s Providence’s first neighborhood project with the Timbers under our new community partnership. An important one.The New Columbia community is Portland’s most diverse neighborhood. It is home to nearly 1,200 kids from 22 countries speaking more than 11 different languages. Right now, those children don’t have an outdoor place such as this to play.

“Bless Field is our way of giving these children a positive choice for playing, right in their own backyard,” said Miriam Odermann, chief executive, Providence outpatient services. “This is an opportunity for Providence to bring health and wellness into this community, and really engage and educate entire families.” Bless Field is expected to be ready for the kids and their soccer balls in early June. 

It is named after pioneering Timbers Army icon Hartmut "Howie" Bless. adidas, Widmer Brothers and other Timbers community partners are also helping support the construction on Bless Field.