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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

1. Asset Management

Portland Parks & Recreation manages one of the most diverse asset portfolios in the City, covering 11,697 acres with 144 developed parks and 7,900 acres of natural areas. The bureau’s strategic plan emphasizes development of a thorough asset management program that integrates with operations, financial planning, and performance management. Below are key performance measures we are using to measure progress in achieving goals within this area. A summary table is provided along with more detailed interactive charts below.

Asset Management Theme Goals

  • Improve the condition of PP&R’s built and natural assets by implementing an asset management program
  • Lower the system-wide risk of asset’s failure to provide established levels of service.  

The following table provides a summary of progress towards Asset Management goals over the current strategic planning cycle.

Natural Area Condition
Natural Area condition is derived from assessments that occur as part of the bureau’s Natural Areas Restoration Plan.The plan is updated every five years. The plan results in a matrix that combines an ecological function score with and assessment of ecological health to guide restoration activities.  Restoration activities are focused on areas with the highest ecological function. The ecological function is determined by wildlife habitat potential, wildlife connectivity, habitat size, presence of a perennial stream and quality of riparian areasAs of 2014 53% of Natural Areas are in good or healthy condition.

Maintenance of Park Facilities
The percentage of Portland residents rating the level of maintenance at park facilities as good or very good has fluctuated in recent years rising to 69% in 2014, but dropped significantly in 2015, back down to a level consistent with 2012. The largest declines between 2014 and 2015 occurred in neighborhoods west of the Willamette River.

Maintenance of Park Grounds
The percentage of Portland residents rating the level of maintenance for park grounds as good or very good remains steady at 84%. Between 2014 and 2015 west side neighborhoods experienced the largest declines (-4%) and outer east Portland had the largest increase (+5%).

Funding for Facility Maintenance
PP&R has defined a goal to provide funding towards facility maintenance at a level that is between two and four percent of current replacement value.  This is considered a best practice within the industry. PP&R has been below or near the lower range of this goal for the past four years. 

Facility Condition Index
The condition of PP&R owned facilities are rated through an assessment program that results in the production of a Facility Condition Index (FCI).  The FCI rates park facilities by dividing the value of deficiencies by replacement value of the facility. The latest data available (completed in 2014) indicates the sum of deficiencies at 7.5% of total replacement cost, for an overall rating of fair. When looking at individual structures 43% of all facilities were rated in poor condition.  

Maintenance Expenditures Per Acre
In the past year the bureau has developed a model for calculating the average maintenance cost per acre of park land. The model calculates an average for the 144 developed park properties that PP&R manages. The metric is intended to provide information over the longer term to better assess trends in the management of park properties. As of 2014 the average maintenance cost per acre of developed park land is $12,447.

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