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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

Portland Parks Board

Portland Parks Board Seeks New Members

Portland Parks & Recreation provides care to over 10,000 acres, and offers thousands of programs for all ages at its community centers, swimming pools, and other recreation facilities. It is a premier City of Portland Bureau that depends on a workforce of 423 permanent employees, 2,817 part-time and seasonal employees, and over 6,000 volunteers. The Portland Parks Board provides support, advocacy and guidance for the overall parks system.

Portland Parks & Recreation’s Parks Board will have five positions open on July 1, 2016. If you are interested in applying for one of the vacant positions, please complete the City of Portland Boards and Commissions application form.

  • Applications will be accepted March 8 to April 1, 2016 for the five Portland Parks Board positions.
  • Interviews and candidate selection will occur in April and May 2016.

Position Description

1.  Duties of the Parks Board, as described in the bylaws adopted by City Council in October 2001:

A.  Advise the Council, the Commissioner and the Director on policy matters pertaining to Portland Parks and Recreation, using the Parks 2020 Vision as its guide.

B.  Advise the Council, the Commissioner and the Director on the preparation and contents of the annual Portland Parks and Recreation budget request.

C.  Review plans and policies, either existing or being developed, by other City of Portland bureaus, boards and commissions or by other government agencies, that affect parks and recreation in the City of Portland, and advocate for the advancement of parks, natural areas, open spaces and recreation facilities and services in City and regional planning and design.

D.  Engage in such public outreach, education and advocacy, to the extent permitted by law, as the Board determines necessary or advisable in order to provide a forum for public discussion and decision-making about park and recreation issues.

E.  Prepare and submit to the Council an annual report which shall summarize the Board’s activities during the year and which shall identify the major issues facing Portland Parks and Recreation and the Board’s recommendations for addressing them in the coming year.

2.  Expectations of the Parks Board in fulfilling the duties:

A.  Focus on furthering the implementation of the guiding principles, vision, and goals of the Parks 2020 Vision, and include in its annual report an assessment of the status of the implementation of the Parks 2020 Vision.

B.   Review the Bureau’s Strategic Plan and related Bureau and Council decision-making, and provide advice and comment regarding the extent to which such Strategic Plan and related decision-making further the implementation of the Parks 2020 Vision.

C.  Encourage partnering of the Bureau and the City of Portland with public and private agencies, organizations, and other entities with respect to implementation of the Parks 2020 Vision.

D.  Serve as a forum for the identification and advocacy of means of achieving the Parks 2020 Vision that are used successfully elsewhere or are otherwise innovative.

E.   Prepare its annual report to the Council by August each year and submit during fall of each year.

3. Board participation

A.  Support the needs of the organization to the best of your ability.

B.  Participate in meetings and ask appropriate questions.

C.  Represent issues of concern to you, but as they relate to the whole parks system.

  • Serve on a Parks committee and Board committee as a part of your board role.
  • Act as an advocate for Portland Parks & Recreation to the public.
  • Attend monthly board meetings, board trainings, and retreats.
  • Complete assignments and prepare for meetings.

4.  Knowledge and preparation

A.  Educate yourself about Portland Parks & Recreation, its purpose, history, problems and needs.
B.  Read the Parks 2020 Vision Plan, the document that lays out the purpose of the Park Board and plans for the future.
C.  Be aware of the outside influences affecting Portland Parks & Recreation.
D.  Stay current on the roles and responsibility of Board involvement.

Please direct questions to Megan Dirks, Executive Assistant to the Director,
at 503-823-5135 or

The Portland Parks Board, established in 2001, serves to ensure that the vision and recommendations of the Parks 2020 Vision are at the forefront of discussions about park and recreation issues, and trends over time and in all areas of the city. This Board also advocates for parks on a city and regional basis to ensure that parks, natural areas, open spaces, and recreation facilities are advanced in planning and design. The Parks Board provides a forum for public discussion and decision-making about park issues, bringing a citywide and long-term perspective to neighborhood-based issues.

The Parks Board typically meets monthly on the first Wednesday of the month. Meetings are open to the public and are generally held in the Lovejoy Room of City Hall, 8:00-9:30 AM.

To confirm meeting time, location or agenda, or to contact the Parks Board, please contact Megan Dirks at 503-823-5135.

The next Parks Board meeting will be held on:
Wednesday, April 6, 2016
8:00 - 11:15 am
Lovejoy Room, City Hall, 1221 SW 4th Avenue

Board Members

  • Judy BlueHorse Skelton, Chair
  • Dion Jordan,Vice Chair
  • Tonya Booker
  • Kendall Clawson
  • Kathy Fong Stephens
  • Patricia Frobes
  • Ian Jaquiss
  • Andy Nelson
  • Jim Owens
  • Linda Robinson
  • Gladys Ruiz
  • Christa Stout
  • Sue Van Brocklin
  • Julie Vigeland
  • Ex officio: Jeff Anderson, Tony Magliano, Meryl Redisch

Parks Board Agenda 4/6/16

Parks Board Agenda 4/6/16

Parks Board Meeting Minutes 2/1/16

Parks Board Meeting Minutes 2/1/16

Affirmation of Equity Statement

Adopted July 6, 2011; Updated May 7, 2014

RVNA Process - A letter to Commissioners Fritz and Fish

A letter from the Portland Parks Board to Commissioners Fritz and Fish on the Riverview Natural Area decision making process.