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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

Over the last century, Portlanders have created and maintained our park system through a series of capital investments, including bond measures and levies. Portlanders last passed a parks bond in 1994. Next year, that bond will be fully repaid and will expire.

As Portland’s last parks bond is paid off in 2015, the City has an opportunity to address critical park needs without increasing tax rates from what they are today. By continuing to fund parks at the current rate required by the 1994 bond, we can raise an estimated $56-$68 million in funding to address the most critical needs of our park system. Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) has identified more than $365 million in necessary replacements and major maintenance projects that need to be completed over the next 10 years.

On July 24 at 2pm, Commissioner Amanda Fritz will ask the Portland City Council to refer a Parks Replacement Bond to voters. If approved by Council, the bond would appear on the November 4 ballot.

Commissioner Amanda Fritz has released a draft Replacement Bond Project List for Portland City Council consideration (Replacement Bond Full Summary & Replacement Bond at a Glance). The projects listed could be completed if a Replacement Bond is approved. These projects were selected to align with criteria recommended by staff and reviewed by community members including urgent safety concerns and projects with the highest probability of failure as well as highest impact if failure occurs. If the bond is approved, a second project list of urgent projects will be generated by staff and finalized through a public engagement process in 2015-16 (see page 2).

“This is the core of what I will be taking to council on July 24,” Commissioner Fritz said. “It represents the most urgent needs - the things that are breaking or are already broken.”

On July 2, both the Portland Parks Board and PP&R’s citizen Budget Advisory Committee (BAC) voted to recommend that City Council refer a Parks Replacement Bond to voters. The BAC also approved the draft Replacement Bond Project List, and a process for determining additional Parks Replacement Bond projects.

Please note the online criteria survey is now closed for analysis. Please continue to check this web page for weekly updates and ways you can get involved. Contact: Jennifer Yocom, jennifer.yocom@portlandoregon.gov