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Phone: 503-823-PLAY (7529)

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1120 SW Fifth Ave., Suite 1302, Portland, OR 97204


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

503-823-PLAY (7529)

Elizabeth Kennedy-Wong, Community Engagement Manager

Jeff Shaffer, Finance Manager

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Budget Process for Fiscal Year 2017-18

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The Portland Parks & Recreation Budget Advisory Committee (BAC) is comprised of community members, PP&R supporters, neighborhood and underserved community coalition members, and labor partners. The BAC represents a wide variety of interests from stakeholders across the city.

Portland Parks & Recreation’s Budget Process

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 the City Council, all bureaus and the community to finalize the budget. The City Council formally adopts the budget in June.

For further dates in the budget process, please see the City Budget Office website at

Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) begins its budget process in October, almost eight months before the budget is adopted.The PP&R budget process goes from about October through January when we submit our Requested Budget to the Budget Office.  

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

  • Mayoral direction – this year, all bureaus were directed to submit a Requested Budget that reduces our General Fund allocation by 5% ($3.2 million); it is possible that we will only need to cut 1% (about $640,000)
  • Staff input - managers, technicians, line and program staff
  • Budget Advisory Committee - Parks Board, Neighborhood Coalition representatives, labor representatives, community members and representatives from culturally-specific community-based organizations.
  • Public Input - this year we will have two public meetings and two online surveys
  • Listening Sessions - targeted outreach to community groups, communities of color and immigrants and refugees

With the guidance of each of these points of information, parks staff, the Director and Commissioner of Portland Parks & Recreation develop the Requested Budget for FY 2017/18.

Budget  Process Calendar


November 1, 2016

BAC #1

Bureau of Development Services
1900 SW 4th Avenue

November 14, 2016

BAC #2

The Portland Building - 2nd Floor, Room B
1120 SW 5th Avenue

November 17, 2016

Listening Session

Alice Ott Middle School
12500 SE Ramona Street

December 12, 2016

Public Meeting #1

Rice School
6433 NE Tillamook Street

December 15, 2016

Listening Session

Floyd Light Middle School
10800 SE Washington Street

December 19, 2016

BAC #3

East Portland Community Center
740 SE 106th Avenue

January 4, 2017

Public Meeting #2
Meeting Agenda

Mt. Scott Community Center
5530 SE 72nd Avenue

January 12, 2017

BAC #4

The Portland Building - 2nd Floor, Room B
1120 SW 5th Avenue

January 30, 2017

PP&R Submits
Requested Budget

No Location

For further dates in the budget process, please see the City Budget Office website at


Portland Parks Board Members (Invited) 

  • Judy BlueHorse Skelton (Chair)
  • Aubré Dickson 
  • Christa Stout
  • Dion Jordan (Vice chair)
  • Gladys Ruiz
  • Ian Jaquiss
  • Jeff Anderson
  • Jenny Glass
  • Jim Owens
  • Kathy Fong Stephens 
  • Kendall Clawson
  • Meryl Redisch
  • Paddy Tillett
  • Patricia Frobes
  • Sue Van Brocklin
  • Tonya Booker
  • Ty Schwoeffermann

Labor Partners (Invited) 

  • Scotty Fairchild, Laborers' Local 483
  • Tim Haberman, Recreation
  • Gerry Verhoef, COPPEA
  • Mike Keebaugh, DCTU

Neighborhood & Partner Organization Representatives (Invited)

  • Angela Moos, North Portland Neighborhood Association
  • Carol Chesarek, Neighbors West/Northwest
  • Diego Gioseffi, Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods
  • Jaclyn Sarna, Hacienda CDC
  • Jamal Dar, African Youth & Community Organization
  • Steve Mullinax, SW Neighborhoods, Inc.
  • Todd Struble, Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon
  • Tom Badrick, East Portland Neighborhood Office

The following PP&R staff (non-represented) are in attendance at the BAC meetings to provide answers to questions and additional facilitation and background.

  • Mike Abbaté, Director
  • Trang Lam, Deputy Director
  • Jeff Shaffer, Fiscal Manager
  • Art Hendricks, Equity Manager
  • Elizabeth Kennedy-Wong, Community Engagement Manager
  • Jason Smith, Management Analyst
  • Eileen Argentina, Services Manager
  • Jenn Cairo, City Forester
  • Kia Selley, Planning, Development and Asset Manager
  • Jennifer Yocom, Community Relations Manager
  • James Allison, Lands Manager
  • Lauren McGuire, Bond, Capital and Planning Manager

Commissioner's Office

  • Commissioner Amanda Fritz
  • Pooja Bhatt
  • Tim Crail

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