Improving access to parks and recreation programs, thereby expanding equitable outcomes, is key to building a healthy community. Portland Parks & Recreation continues an emphasis on access to parks, natural areas and recreation program set out by Parks 2020 Vision, while renewing focus on providing opportunities for underserved communities. Below are some of the key performance measures we are using to measure our progress in achieving goals within this area. A summary table is provided along with more detailed interactive charts below.
Goals and Summary of Progress
- Provide equitable access to parks and natural areas within walking distance for all residents.
- Improve recreation opportunities for underserved communities
|Progress Toward Target||Performance Measure||2012||2013||2014||2015||Target|
|Minor Progress||Percentage of households within a .5 mile of a park or natural area||79%||80%||80%||80%||100%|
|No Change||Percentage of households living within 3 miles of a full service community center||69%||70%||69%||69%||100%|
|Minor Progress||Percentage of residents who rate neighborhood closeness to parks as good or very good||83%||85%||84%||84%||85%|
|Progress||Percentage of residents who visited a park at least once in the last year||88%||88%||88%||90%||100%|
|Progress||Employees of color as a percentage of FTEs||15%||15%||16%||18%||
|Progress||Employees of color as a percentage of all employees||24%||27%||27%||28%||28%|
|Progress||Female employees as a percentage of all FTEs||37%||35%||36%||38%||50%|
|Progress||Female employees as a percentage of all employees||54%||54%||55%||56%||50%|
|Minor Decline||Park acres per 1,000 residents||19.5||19.5||19.4||19.4||19|
The Parks 2020 Vision identifies a goal that 100% of Portlanders are within ½ mile of a Park or Natural Area. The charts below identify progress made since 2006. Certain areas of Portland such as East and Central NE continue to lag behind other part of the city. These are the areas that continue to be focus points for new development.
Neighborhood Closeness to Parks
Not surprisingly, neighborhoods such as East Portland that lack park access rate their closeness to parks much lower when compared to other neighborhoods in the City. Overall, 84% of City residents rate their closeness to parks as good or very good. The data below is from the City Auditor’s annual resident survey.
Community Center Access
The Parks 2020 Vision identifies a goal that 100% of Portlanders are within 3 miles of a full service Community Center. A full service Community Center includes a gymnasium, fitness and classrooms, and a pool. The charts below identify progress made since 2006.
Frequency of Park Visits
Since 2010 the percentage of residents visiting a park on a weekly basis has increased by 5%. Residents in East Portland continues to lag behind other parts of the city in their frequency of park visits.
Parks Acres Per 1,000 Residents
The Parks 2020 Vision identifies a goal that Portland maintains a service level of 19 acres per 1,000 residents. The charts below indicate that investments in the park system have allowed the city to maintain overall service levels at or near the goal established by the Park 2020 Vision. However, as noted above, many geographic areas of the City still remained unserved.
PP&R employed a total of 3,369 employees in FY 2015, including, 2,909 part-time seasonal staff. Extensive efforts are being made to make sure PP&R’s workforce is reflective of all communities, particularly communities that are the most underserved in our community. The tables below provide an interactive look at progress made in the diversifying the work force over the past five years.
Grants and Donations
The Parks 2020 Vision identified a goal to increase the support PP&R receives from outside funding resources to 10% of total bureau expenditures. As of 2015 2.3% of PP&R’s total expenditures were supported from outside grants and donations. This only includes funds recorded in the City’s financial system. There was a decline in grant revenue from 2014 to 2015, but recent grant awards suggest that this number will increase in future fiscal years. The charts below provide more details as it relates to specific dollars from grants versus donations.