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The City of Portland, Oregon

Nick Fish

City of Portland Commissioner

phone: 503-823-3589

Email: nick@portlandoregon.gov

1221 S.W. 4th, Room 240, Portland, OR 97204

Portland Parks & Recreation: A Sustainable Future Council Work Session

November 26, 2019

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.

Background

Work Session Presentation

 

Portland Parks & Recreation: A Sustainable Future. City Council Work Session on Tuesday, November 26, 2019

PP&R Website

Media

Portland Wants to Rescue It's Park System. Where Will the Money Come From?

Rebecca Ellis in OPB News

The Weekly Catch

Parks

Portland Parks & Recreation: A Sustainable Future. City Council Work Session on Tuesday, November 26,2019

PP&R Website

Loo loot: How much has Portland made in the toilet business? Where does the cash go?

Keaton Thomas, KATU

Many Portland Parks Catalogs Dumped After the City Spent $726,862 to Print Them

Kyle Iboshi in KGW8 News

Emails Show Portland Businesses Wanted Homeless Service Gone from a Downtown Park

Kelsey Harnisch in the Willamette Week

Portland Street Response

City Council Unanimously Approves Street Response Pilot Program

Alex Zielinski in the Portland Mercury

Portland To Pilot Street Response Team For 911 Calls Involving Homeless in Lents

Amelia Templeton in OPB News

City Council Approves New Crisis Response Program

Elise Haas, Amy Frazier, & Staff in Koin 6 News

Portland Announces Pilot Program to Respond to Mental Health, Homelessness Issues

KATU News

Portland Street Response, Homeless First Responders, To Start in 2020 After Council OK’s Proposal

Molly Harbarger in The Oregonian

Neighborhood Associations

As City Resets Conversation Around Neighborhood Associations, Public Asks for Transparency

Alex Zielinski in the Portland Mercury

City Hall Hears Divergent Views on How to Change the City’s Approach to Neighborhood Associations

Rachel Monahan in the Willamette Week

City Delays Decisions on Role of Neighborhood Associations

Saundra Sorenson in The Skanner News

New Transition Projects Overnight Homeless Shelter Opens

KATU News

 

Sources: City Resets Clock for Rewriting Code on Neighborhoods

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune

URM Buildings

Council Poised to Pay $350,000 to URM Building Lawyers

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune

 

Portland Poised to Settle, Pay $350,000 In Attorneys’ Fees for URM Signs Lawsuit

Rebecca Ellis in OPB News

Portland Agrees to Pay $350,000 Settlement Linked to Lawsuit Over Earthquake Warning Signs

Everton Bailey Jr. in The Oregonian

 

Portland to Pay $350K Linked to Earthquake Warning Sign Suit

The Skanner News

Portland to Pay $350K Linked to Earthquake Warning Sign Lawsuit

Associated Press in KGW8 News

Fossil Fuels

On Shaky Ground

Blair Stenvick in the Portland Mercury

Portland Considering Revised Policy to Ban New Fossil Fuel Terminals

Everton Bailey Jr. in The Oregonian

Portland City Council Moves Toward Readopting Fossil Fuel Restrictions

Cassandra Profita in OPB News

In Other News

Winter Gear Donations Are Needed in Preparation for a Freezing Portland Winter, County Officials Say

Elise Herron in the Willamette Week

President of Portland’s Police Union Fields Questions from Community as Contract Negotiations Near

Maxine Bernstein in The Oregonian

‘OPB Politics Now:’ The Rising Cost of Pristine Water

Dirk VanderHart, Amelia Templeton, and Lauren Dake in OPB News

Portland Delays Hearing on New Density Rules

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune

 

Jeh Johnson: Hamilton Fish IV of Hudson Valley set example to follow in political climate

Jeh Johnson, Poughkeepsie Journal

Parks and the Portland Parks Foundation Receive Bank of America Neighborhood Builder Award

November 5, 2019

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.

Background

Major Bank of America Grant Enhances PP&R's Mobile Lunch + Play Program

Portland Parks and Recreation Website

Media

Bank of America Funds Portland Parks Program

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune

 

Neighborhood Builders Awarded $400,000 in Grants

KGW News

 

Two Local Nonprofits Announced as Grant Recipients for Portland-Area Programs

The Skanner News

 

The Weekly Catch

Parks & Recreation

Major Bank of America Grant Enhances PP&R’s Mobile Lunch + Play Program

PP&R Website

 

Bank of America Funds Portland Parks Program

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune

 

Two Local Nonprofits Announced as Grant Recipients for Portland – Area Programs

The Skanner News

 

Gabriel Park Playground Area Getting an Upgrade

Bill Gallagher in the SW Community Connection

 

A New Parks Policy Threatens to Hurt Portland’s Poorest Residents

Alex Zielinski in the Portland Mercury

 

Dinners in Parks

OPB’s Think Out Loud

 

City of Portland Takes First Step to Fix O’Bryant Square

Lindsay Nadrich in KGW News

 

Portland Accepting Bids to Demolish O’Bryant Square, Downtown’s Notorious “Paranoid Park”

Henry Latourette Miller in Willamette Week

Environmental Services

3000 Gallons of Sewage Spills into Willamette River in Portland

Associated Press Staff in KGW News

Transportation

Portland Leaf Pickup Day Starts Friday

Joe English in KATU News

 

Blumenauer Bridge Breaks Ground; I-84 Bike, Pedestrian Crossing to Open in 2021

Andrew Theen in The Oregonian

 

Blumenauer Bicycle and Pedestrian Bridge Coming in 2021

Elise Haas in KOIN 6 News

 

Work Starts on New I – 84 Bike and Pedestrian Bridge

KATU News Staff

 

November Meetings Will Be Crucial for SW MAX

Bill Gallagher in the SW Community Connection

Police

‘Girl Cops Are Awesome’ Event Engages Portland Youth

Koin 6 News Staff

 

Community Can Offer Input on Portland’s Negotiations for New Police Union Contract at Two Forums

Maxine Bernstein in The Oregonian

 

Wheeler and Hardesty to Host Police Union Contract Meetings

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune

Office of Community & Civic Life

SE ‘Code Change’ Meeting: Heat – But Little Light

David F. Ashton in The Sellwood Bee

 

Neighborhood Watch No Longer Part of Portland’s Plan

Bill Gallagher in the Southwest Community Connection

Special Election

Portland Voters Handily Approve Four Ballot Measures in Election with Feeble Turnout

Aaron Mesh in Willamette Week

 

‘It’s Delicious Water’: Bull Run Measure Aims to Protect Watershed

Jennifer Dowling & News Staff in KOIN 6 News

 

Portland Voters Approve Spending Ratepayer Money in Water System Aid to Other Cities

Everton Baily Jr. in The Oregonian

 

Portland Approves Both Water Measures in Tuesday’s Special Election

Rebecca Ellis in OPB News

In Other News

Shop Local 2019

Portland Mercury Staff

 

Could Consistent Outreach Impact Most Entrenched Homeless Camps? City Says Yes.

Molly Harbarger in The Oregonian

 

Incentives for More Multifamily Housing Before the City Council on Wednesday

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune

 

Portland City Council to Hold Meeting on Climate Change

Elise Haas in KOIN 6 News

 

Portland City Council Goes on The Road to Discuss Climate Action

KATU News Staff

 

Final Four Clean Energy Fund Committee Members Appointed

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune

 

Portland Water Bureau Could Lose Big Customers as It Builds $1 Billion Filtration Plant

Amelia Templeton in OPB News

 

Portland Mayor Wheeler Hears Livability Concerns in Lents

Zane Sparling in the Portland Tribune

Parks Replacement Bond Completes Successful Fourth Year of Citywide Park Improvements

Parks Replacement Bond Completes Successful Fourth Year of Citywide Park Improvements
Annual report demonstrates strong performance, accountability, and opportunity

(Portland, OR) – City Council will receive the Parks Replacement Bond Year 4 Annual Report on Wednesday.

Voters overwhelmingly approved the Parks Replacement Bond in 2014, which dedicated up to $68 million in repairs and improvements to some of the most critical needs in the Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) system.

“The bond has been a big success,” says Parks Commissioner Nick Fish. “This year’s report demonstrates strong performance, accountability, and opportunity. Thanks to the voters for saying ‘yes’ to fixing our parks, to my colleague Commissioner Amanda Fritz for her leadership in championing the measure, and to the PP&R team for delivering great results.”

“The Fix Our Parks bond measure funded needed repairs in parks all over Portland,” says former Parks Commissioner Amanda Fritz. “I am grateful to the voters for recognizing that we must take care of aging infrastructure in our treasured neighborhood gathering places, and to Parks staff who have made wise use of every penny allocated in the program.”

The annual report highlights three key successes – performance, accountability, and opportunity:

Performance – Thirty-four projects are complete. The final eighteen are underway, with five ahead of schedule. All 52 projects will be completed within the overall bond budget of $68 million.

Accountability – An independent auditor, Harvey M. Rose Associates, completed a performance audit in January 2019. The findings confirmed that funds are being spent according to the promises made to voters, that program managers are financially responsible, and that bond dollars are clearly and accurately tracked. A second audit will be completed at the conclusion of the bond work.

Opportunity – Parks is committed to contracting equity. The City has a target of 20% disadvantaged, minority-owned, women-owned, and emerging small business (D/M/W/ESB) contractor utilization. Parks has exceeded those goals with 31% of professional and technical contracts (like engineering and landscape design) and 41% of construction contracts being awarded to D/M/W/ESB firms.

“It is immensely gratifying to see the bond projects being completed and enhancing neighborhoods throughout the City,” says PP&R Director Adena Long. “And it’s important to note that PP&R works extensively to engage the public in large-scale bond projects. This helps us reflect our increasingly diverse community’s needs and desires in projects.”

Bond investments include:

  • Playground replacements and repairs
  • Roof replacements
  • Footbridge replacements on trails
  • Improved accessibility and ADA compliance
  • New mechanical systems and other swimming pool improvements
  • Visitor and employee safety enhancements
  • Restroom improvements

Here are several photos of bond-funded projects and the Year 4 Report Executive Summary. The full report can be viewed on the Parks website here.