Origins of the Gateway Business Area Association

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The Gateway Area Business Association was started in 1950 as the Woodland Park Merchants, with 15 charter members. The purpose was to promote the area with services to the community.  One of the first activities was the organizing of a parade in 1951, with eager participation.

One of the highlights of the parade was the annual appearance of the Senior and Junior Rose Festival Courts.  The first Fun-O-Rama days were held in 1952, with a carnival used as a fund-raising event. The Gateway Keystone Cops were a west coast-side fun group, appearing in many local and regional events such as parades and other fun-type activities.

$4,000 Grand from Venture Portland as part of the East Portland Pilot Project

GABA received a $4,000 grant from Venture Portland as part of the East Portland Pilot Project. The board has approved a district work plan designed to grow our business district and expand our membership, and has assigned Calvin Hoff to our district. Calvin has been going door-to-door and helping us walk the road we have paved for growing Gateway. Thank you Venture Portland!


Monthly Member Meetings

Member meetings are held on the 2nd Thursday of each month from Noon to 1PM at Bradford's Sports Lounge – 10346 NE Halsey St, Portland, OR 97220 Lunch is available for $8.00 suggested donation.

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