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    34 | Blue Mountain Eagle
November 2017
Greater Prairie City Community Association
Established in 1997
3. Invested in the purchase of a new glass crusher, improving safety, for the
Prairie City Recycling Center.
4. Provided $10,000 toward the construction of Prairie City Park Restrooms
through a successful grant application.
5. Financially sponsored the following, just to name a few:
A. Talents & Treasures to develop their 501(c)3 non-profit status.
B. Sponsored a Prairie City High School student to serve as State President of the
Future Farmers of America (FFA) organization.
C. Sponsored six Prairie City High School students to attend the national Family
Career Community Leaders of America convention, where all six members
attending achieved gold medals in the judged competition (no other school
attained this distinction).
D. Supported and provided volunteers to the Oregon Solutions landscaping and
painting of the Prairie City School.
E. Sponsored a Prairie City High School student to attend the Youth Leadership
Forum in Washington, D.C.
F. Beautiful art murals at either end of the town along with the benches in the
downtown area welcoming visitors to Prairie City.
Five miles east of Prairie City a Conestoga Wagon sits atop a lookout area north
of Highway 26. Visitors stop here to take in the panoramic views of the John
Day Valley and the breathtaking and beautiful Strawberry Mountains and
adjacent Strawberry Mountain Wilderness area.
The GPCCA maintains this visitor site with information boards about the area
with maps and advertising from area businesses. We invite you to visit these
businesses while you are visiting our area. Please help us keep the viewpoint
clean and remember, we have an Official State of Oregon Rest Area Across from
City Hall on Bridge Street, in downtown Prairie City.
Be a GPCCA volunteer
Rent the Community Center for your next event.
Donate to the GPCCA Community Center Fund
We look forward to hearing from you:
GPCCA Community Center
‘P O Box 758, Prairie City, OR 97869
Kathy –
Phone 541-620-0343
Melanie – 541-620-1492 • Judy – 541-620-0328
The purpose for which this corporation is organized is for public benefit
through charitable, educational, or scientific means to stimulate
revitalization of the community. EIN # 93-1252624
In 2014, the Greater Prairie City Community Association (GPCCA) successfully
negotiated a historic donation of this church property from the Oregon-Idaho
Conference United Methodist Church. The former church currently hosts family
events, entertainment, classes, and workshops. Now it’s time to renew the
facility for our new community center – an anchor for our social, cultural,
entertainment, and educational activities.
The GPCCA is a group of local business owners and community members who
work to enhance the livability and economic well-being for the 910 residents of
Prairie City. We sponsor events and activities that enhance the livability, visual
presentation, economic well-being, participation of volunteers, and
development of community leaders in Prairie City.
GPCCA plans to raise the necessary funding within the next three to five years to
remodel and upgrade the existing church building to be more energy efficient.
The addition of a certified kitchen and bathroom to include a shower will allow
us to become an accredited “Emergency Evacuation Center” if ever needed.
These upgrades will add to our ability to provide the versatility needed for the
various current and future programs.
We now have the projector and sixteen foot movie screen that can provide:
Movies, PowerPoint Classes and Presentations. Concerts, Holiday events, Schools
Grad night, Weddings, Memorial services, and many more.
GPCCA members are grateful for the eighteen month Leadership Training
through Rural Development Initiatives and the Northwest Area Foundation that
gave us the strength to go forward with our dream.
The past years GPCCA has donated over $100,000.00 to various projects, to name
a few:
1. Annual sponsor of the 4th of July celebration for Grant County in Prairie City.
2. Organized, sponsored, and carried out several scrap metal drives for the
beautification for Prairie City and surrounding areas.