Parks, natural areas, playgrounds, and community centers are integral to the city’s quality of life - they are places to unplug from technology, revered lands passed down from generation to generation, and an important source of low-cost, healthy activity and recreation.
Over the last century, Portlanders have preserved and built our incredible park system through a series of legacy investments. Historically, voters have committed to a bond or levy about every nine years. The last levy expired in 2009 and the last bond, passed about 19 years ago, will expire in 2015.
Below is a visual history of how our system has grown. Click the arrows on the sides to move through the years or let the graphic advance on its own.
In 2014, Portland Parks & Recreation is having a conversation with the community about a Parks Replacement Bond that would not raise tax rates and would fund the most crucial park repairs in our system. Find out more here.