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The City of Portland, Oregon

Auditor Mary Hull Caballero

Promoting open and accountable government

1998 Parks Bond

On June 17, 1998, the Portland City Council passed and referred the following measure to be decided by voters at the municipal General Election on November 3, 1998.
QUESTION: Shall Portland renovate, improve and construct neighborhood parks by issuing $64,850,000 in general obligation bonds? If the bonds are approved, they will be payable from taxes on property or property ownership that are not subject to the limits of sections 11 and 11b, Article XI of the Oregon Constitution.
SUMMARY: This measure would allow the City to issue bonds and use the money for parks capital renovation, improvements and construction. The purpose is to make parks safer, more efficient to operate, and more available to the public, especially for children. Most projects are planned for existing parks; some money will be used to buy land for new parks in areas that do not have enough parks now. Some money will go to pay part of the cost of converting the old OMSI museum at Washington Park into new space for the Children's Museum. Other expected projects include renovating Walker Stadium, in outer southeast Portland, and O'Bryant Square Park, downtown, and building a wheelchair-accessible garden at Peninsula Rose Garden, in north Portland, building or fixing playgrounds, paths, trails, pools, ballfields, picnic shelters, bleachers, concessions, parking and traffic improvements, lights, restrooms, courts, irrigation and maintenance facilities and landscaping. In addition, improvements will be made to existing community centers, including seismic upgrades and to increase senior services. Neighborhood parks will be developed.