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Portland Parks & Recreation

Healthy Parks, Healthy Portland

Phone: 503-823-7529

1120 SW Fifth Avenue, Portland, OR 97204

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1120 SW 5th Avenue, Suite 1302
Portland, Oregon 97204

503-823-PLAY (7529)

Elizabeth Kennedy-Wong, Community Engagement Manager

Claudio Campuzano, Finance, Property, and Technology Manager


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Budget Process (2019-2020)

November 15, 2018

Dear Parks Community,

Each fall marks the beginning of the City of Portland budget process.

This year, Mayor Wheeler and the City Budget Office have restructured the budget process to build budgets that reflect long-term strategies and plan for future needs.

The changes in budget process approach began when City Council adopted the FY2018-19 budget. At that time, City Council directed all bureaus to plan for a 1% budget reduction in FY2019-20 to help fund strategic projects and programs. Their goal is for bureaus to achieve these reductions through efficiencies and organizational changes that do not reduce front-line services. For Parks, a reduction of over $640,000 will likely impact services.

In addition, in his FY2019-20 General Fund Guidance memo, Mayor Wheeler directed bureaus to submit an operational budget that reflects optimal use of resources within the General Fund target, rather than submitting a menu of decision packages to Council.

Another change impacts the Budget Advisory Committee (BAC). This year, the BAC includes the full Parks Board with key community organizations and representatives from our labor partners invited to participate. The BAC meets on October 9, December 11, and January 8. Fewer meetings allow the Committee to focus on providing staff with direction on high level strategic goals and policy priorities instead of recommending specific additions or reductions to the budget.

The Parks team will continue to provide information about our FY2019-20 budget process as we move forward. As always, thank you for your continued engagement in and support of Parks and our programs

Kia Selley, Interim Director

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General Budget Process Overview

The City of Portland develops an annual budget. That means, every year, every bureau works with their Commissioner’s Office to develop a Requested Budget that is submitted to the City Budget Office and the Mayor. Then, the Mayor develops his Proposed Budget for the entire City of Portland and works with City Council, all bureaus and the community to finalize the budget. City Council formally adopts the budget in June.

Portland Parks & Recreation begins its budget process in October, eight months before the budget is adopted. The Parks budget process goes from October through February when we submit our Requested Budget to the City Budget Office. Then, a process led by City Council begins.  

Parks uses several points of information to develop our Requested Budget. These include:

  • Mayoral Guidance
  • Commissioner input
  • Staff input from managers, technicians, line, and program staff
  • Budget Advisory Committee – the full Parks Board and invited labor representatives, community members and representatives from culturally-specific community-based organizations.

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Budget Advisory Committee Meetings

BAC meetings are open to the public.
*Dinner served at 6:00 PM

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Budget Advisory Committee Members

Portland Parks Board Members

  • Patricia Frobes, Chair, Friends of Peninsula Park Rose Garden
  • Kendall Clawson, Vice Chair, Grantmakers of Oregon and Southwest Washington
  • Paul Agrimis, Landscape Architect, Civil Engineer and Professional Wetland Scientist
  • Tonya Booker, Portland Community College
  • Michelle Dedeo, Legacy Health Portland
  • Jenny Glass, The Rosewood Initiative
  • Katy Holland, Confederated Tribes of the Siletz
  • Ian Jaquiss, Oregon Health & Science University
  • Tamara Layden, Reed College
  • Joseph O’Leary, Oregon Youth Authority
  • Jim Owens, Consultant
  • Gladys Ruiz, Consultant
  • Paddy Tillett, ZGF Architects
  • Bonnie Gee Yosick, Consultant
  • Ex Officio: Lorena Nascimento, PSU Urban Forestry

Community Organizations

  • Djimet Dojo, Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization
  • Kolini Fusitu’a, Tongan Community
  • Jenny Lee, Coalition of Communities of Color
  • Joe McFerrin, Portland Opportunities Industrialization Center
  • Jaclyn Sarna, Hacienda CDC


  • Rex Burkholder
  • Natalie Rush
  • Bob Sallinger

Labor Representatives

  • Jacki Hunter (alternate), Labors Local 438
  • Rob Martineau, DCTU-AFSCME
  • Yoko Silk, PTE17
  • Ryan Sotomayor, Labors Local 438, Recreation
  • Jorge Villavicencio (alternate), PTE17
  • Peter Zoltanski, PCL

Commissioner’s Office

  • Commissioner Nick Fish
  • Todd Lofgren
  • Sonia Schmanski

The following Parks and City Budget Office staff (non-represented) attend BAC meetings to provide answers to questions and additional facilitation and background

  • Kia Selley, Interim Director
  • Claudio Campuzano, Finance Property & Technology Manager
  • James Allison, Land Stewardship Manager
  • Eileen Argentina, Recreation Services Manager
  • Asha Bellduboset, Assistant Financial Analyst, City Budget Office
  • Jenn Cairo, Urban Forestry Manager
  • Margaret Evans, Workforce Development Manager
  • Art Hendricks, Equity & Inclusion Manager
  • Anny Hsiao, Diversity and Equity Committee - Budget Subcommittee
  • Elizabeth Kennedy-Wong, Community Outreach & Involvement Program Manager
  • Ryan Kinsella, Principal Financial Analyst, City Budget Office
  • Carolyn Lee, Diversity and Equity Committee - Budget Subcommittee
  • Lauren McGuire, Assets & Development Manager
  • Kendra Petersen-Morgan, Diversity and Equity Committee - Budget Subcommittee
  • Eugene Curtis Ross, Diversity and Equity Committee - Budget Subcommittee
  • Jason Smith, Management Analyst
  • Nicola Sysyn, Program Specialist
  • Jennifer Yocom, Community Relations Manager

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