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Today, Bank of America announced that Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) and the Portland Parks Foundation (PPF) have received the annual Neighborhood Builder Award from Bank of America. The award comes with $200,000 that will allow PP&R and PPF to significantly expand free summertime lunch and recreation activities.
PP&R’s Mobile Lunch + Play program, part of Summer Free For All, brings kids a healthy, free lunch along with sports, arts, crafts, and games to apartment complexes and sites in east Portland where parks are currently scarce.
The award builds on Bank of America’s longstanding support of Summer Free For All.
Special thanks to Bank of America, including Roger Hinshaw, President of Oregon and SW Washington, Monique Barton, Senior Vice President for Corporate Social Responsibility, and Jessica Hewitt, Vice President for Enterprise Business and Community; to the Portland Parks Foundation, including Executive Director Randy Gragg and Board Chair Mary Ruble; and to Parks staff, especially Kellie Torres and Chariti Montez.
Today, Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) held a work session with Council called “A Sustainable Future.”
After last year’s challenging budget, Council directed Parks to take a deeper look at the financial trajectory of the bureau. Today’s work session was the bureau’s opportunity to share the findings of their research into future service levels and potential new funding models.
Council also offered preliminary feedback about next steps for the bureau with a shared goal of creating a more equitable parks system for all.
Commissioner Fish and bureau leadership will take what they heard from Council at the work session and work together to develop a strategy to put the bureau on solid, sustainable footing for current and future Portlanders. That includes coming up with preferred funding scenarios and taking a deeper dive on funding alternatives that show promise.