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Parklane Park Advisory Committee (PAC)

Deadline for Applicants: Monday, September 8, 2019 at 9:00 AM.

Staff Liaison: Maija Spencer, , 503-823-5593

Application and instructions are at the bottom of this webpage.

Purpose and Background

It is important for people who are interested in serving on the committee to understand and support the background and mission of this volunteer committee.Arial map of park.

The Parklane Park PAC will provide input to PP&R and the design team in the development of a design for an expansion of Parklane Park. Parklane Park, located at SE 155th Avenue and Main Street, is currently 5 acres and has a small play area, Loo, basketball court, and softball field. PP&R has funds to develop an additional 20 acres of park land to the north of the existing park, filling a significant need for open spaces and recreation in this area. Improvements will be guided by the park’s 2009 Master Plan and may include playground improvements, a skate park, gathering area and picnic shelter, a community garden, tennis court, dog off-leash area, pathways, and sports fields. 

Input and recommendations from the Project Advisory Committee will be used to refine the park concepts and final design.  Input will also be taken from the general public at three Community Gathering events. Park users, nearby neighbors, athletes, skateboarders, parents and grandparents, youth, people living with disabilities, gardeners, representatives of culturally-specific organizations or religious institutions, and other community members are encouraged to apply to bring a broad perspective to this process. No experience is necessary.

The committee will assist with the following:

  • Provide input and guidance on development of a park design for the expansion of Parklane Park 
  • Help Portland Parks in reaching out to the broader community for more input

Total number of advisory seats: Up to 15

Number of seats available: Up to 15

Who can join

To be eligible for the advisory committee, members must live, play, worship, go to school, work or do business in the City of Portland.

What We Look For

We want people from every part of Portland here to share their voice on this committee, especially people who have not been involved before. If you want to serve your community and to help government make better choices, then we want to see your application. The attributes listed below are what will guide our selection process. It is helpful if you are specific in your answers. We do not expect you to be or have everything listed.

  • You believe government is better when community is involved
  • You are an advocate for racial equity: you want positive and long-lasting outcomes for racial and ethnic communities who have been left out before. You can bring discussion about racial and ethnic communities who need it the most.
  • You have a perspective on physically navigating the community with a disability.
  • You are available to attend all meetings and participate in the discussions
  • Park users, nearby neighbors, athletes, skateboarders, parents and grandparents, youth, people living with disabilities, gardeners, representatives of culturally-specific organizations or religious institutions, and other community members are encouraged to apply to bring a broad perspective to this process. No experience is necessary.

Time Commitment

  • Six meetings will take place on weekday evenings near Parklane Park between October 2019 and June 2020. Meetings will occur about once a month, with no meeting in December.
  • Members are involved for a duration of less than one year, as the project has a limited duration.
  • We provide interpreters who will translate the conversation in your language during the meeting. Please ask for an interpreter at least a week in advance of the meeting so we have enough time to make arrangements.
  • You may need to read and write in your language. Verbal and written translations are performed by outside organizations. The dialects may be different than your home region and may be different on each document.
  • We try to translate the written materials you ask for, but we may not be able to provide translation on all meeting documents.
  • Members are expected to prepare for meetings on their own time. Meeting materials for review may be sent with minimal time to review, possibly as few as forty-eight hours (or two days) in advance.

We Remove Barriers

Let us know if there are barriers to your participation. Dinner will be provided at evening meetings. Childcare, public transportation or parking passes will be available if you need those to fully participate.

Volunteer Ethics

People who join this committee will become what we call “Public Officials,” which means that while you serve you must behave fair and ethically. We will provide training on this once you are accepted. Part of following Public Officials Ethics laws means you must tell the group when you or a relative may financially benefit (or avoid fees) by your recommendations. This is called a “Conflict of Interest.” If you tell us about potential Conflicts of Interest that does not mean you cannot serve, in fact, many committees have potential members with Conflicts of Interest. We appreciate your ethical inclusion of possible Conflicts of Interest on the form included in the application.

How to Apply

Applications are due on Monday, September 8, 2019 at 9:00 AM.


Applications will be reviewed beginning Monday, September 9, 2019 and applicants will be notified by mid-September 2019.  

Online submission is the preferred, fastest method to get the application into the hands of the selection committee. We suggest you pre-write and save your answers in a separate document, so you have your own copy, and to prevent loss of your work from internet disruptions. You may request to submit a Word version of the application. Email to request a Word version.

To talk with someone about this opportunity or to receive assistance completing the application, please contact the advisory body staff liaison at or 503-823-5593.

Voluntary & Confidential Demographic Information

The City is committed to diversity, inclusion, and equity. Completing the demographic information on the application is voluntary, but we encourage you to provide that information.  The City uses this 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. Questions about this may be sent to

General Questions

For general questions about the Advisory Bodies program, the volunteer 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 bureau and this project:

Do you have questions or need more information? Email or 503-823-5593.