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Portland Parks & Recreation Board

Portland Parks & Recreation Board

Deadline for Applicants: April 12, 2019

Staff Liaison: Brooke Gardner,, 503-823-5135


Purpose and Role of the Parks & Recreation Board

The Portland Parks and Recreation (PP&R) Board was established for the following purposes: to ensure that the vision and recommendations of the Parks 2020 Vision and other PP&R strategic initiatives adopted by the City Council are at the forefront of discussions about park and recreation issues and trends over time, in all areas of the city; to advocate for parks on a city and regional basis to ensure that parks, natural areas, open spaces and recreation facilities are advanced in city and regional planning and design; to provide continuity when transitions occur in the leadership of Portland Parks and Recreation and on the City Council; and to provide a forum for public discussion and decision-making about park issues, bringing a city-wide and long-term perspective to neighborhood-based issues.

Board activities include:

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


To be eligible for the PP&R Board, members must live, play, worship, work or do business in the City of Portland.

Total number of advisory seats: 15

Number of seats available: 2

Desired Attributes

  • Members shall be appointed who demonstrate a commitment to Portland Parks and Recreation and to the mission of the Board.
  • Members are expected to bring a system-wide perspective to the Board and shall not represent individual interests or areas of the City. However, the membership of the Board shall strive to reflect the demographic and geographic diversity of the City.

Terms & Time Commitment

  • Monthly meetings will take place on the second Tuesday of the month at 8-10am
  • Members serve terms of 3 years with a limit of 2 consecutive terms.
  • Members are expected to prepare for meetings on their own time. Arrive ready to discuss meeting materials and agenda items. Meeting materials for review are typically sent one week in advance, but they may be sent with minimal time to review, potentially as few as 48 hours in advance.

Public Official Conduct of Interest Notice

Those selected to serve on this body will be legally considered public officials for the duration of their service. As such, they will be required to publicly disclose potential conflicts of interest. If potential conflicts of interest are not disclosed, individual members are subject to education or monetary sanctions from the Oregon Government Ethics Commission. Having potential conflicts of interest does not preclude you from serving on this body and may not impact your ability to participate fully on this body. Stakeholders often have potential conflicts of interest by the nature of having interest in the work. The Conflict of Interest Disclosure is included in the application. Please fill all conflicts of interest on your application.

Application Process

Applications are due by April 12, 2019.

To be considered, please be sure to submit a completed and signed application form, and your resumé if available. Send the application to

Download application here:

To talk with someone about this opportunity or to receive assistance completing the application, please contact the advisory body staff liaison at or 503-823-5135.

Voluntary & Confidential Demographic Information

The City is committed to diversity, inclusion, and equity and uses provided demographic information to help ensure that advisory body appointments represent a broad cross-section of community. Your information will not be used during the recruitment nor the selection process. State and federal law prohibit use of this information to discriminate against you. The City will treat this information as confidential to the fullest extent allowed by law. Questions about this may be sent to

General Questions

For general questions about the Advisory Bodies program, the recruitment process, or other upcoming advisory body opportunities please email

We Encourage You to Apply

We welcome you to browse our website to learn more about the Parks bureau.

Applications are due on April 12, 2019. To talk with someone about these opportunities or to receive assistance completing the application, please contact the advisory body staff liaison at or 503-823-5135.