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Parks & Recreation

Healthy Parks, Healthy Portland

Phone: 503-823-PLAY (7529)

Fax: 503-823-6007

1120 SW Fifth Ave., Suite 1302, Portland, OR 97204

Parks Replacement Bond

Bond map

"I am very grateful to the voters of Portland for approving the bond measure. It will help meet crucial needs across our parks system, while remaining sensitive to Portlanders’ ability to pay. The funds from this bond won’t completely close the gap our parks and facilities face, but will make a major difference. I will continue looking at ways to address the needs of our parks system." 

- Commissioner Amanda Fritz


Click here to find out more about the passage of the 2014 Parks Replacement Bond.

Parks Replacement Bond funds are for urgent repairs and other capital costs, not park operations. The measure authorized up to $68 million in general obligation bonds to make repairs and improvements and prevent more closures like we’ve seen at Couch playground and the Maple Trail in Forest Park. The bond is subject to an oversight committee, annual reports, and audits.

Anticipated projects include, but are not limited to, fixing and improving:

  • 10 to 20 play areas currently closed, at risk of closure, or deficient, including Couch, Creston, Kenton, Lents, Lynchview, North Park Blocks, Ventura
  • Trails, bridges, including in Forest Park
  • Community pools, including Matt Dishman, Peninsula,and Grant
  • Sellwood Park buildings, Rieke Field, Multnomah Arts Center, St Johns Community Center
  • Restrooms, roofs, other deficient parks, structures, equipment
  • Pioneer Courthouse Square failing structures, leaks, cracks
  • Barriers to accessibility for people with disabilities
  • Park maintenance facilities to address worker safety, efficiency

COUCH PARK PUBLIC ADVISORY COMMITTEE (PAC)

Applications Now Being Accepted Through August 20th!

Help create the Couch Park play area!  Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) is happy to announce that we are recruiting community members to advise PP&R and our design consultants on the play area and plaza design at Couch Park. Youth are especially encouraged to participate in this process!

PAC members will be expected to commit up to 8 hours a month in meetings and other work from September 2015 – Spring 2016.  Open houses will also be held for the public to learn more and give feedback.  To apply, complete the applicationApplications are due by end of day - Thursday, August 20th. 

Contact Maija Spencer, Maija.Spencer@portlandoregon.gov, (503) 823-5593, if you would like the application in Word format or a hard copy.