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The City of Portland, Oregon

Portland Parks & Recreation

Healthy Parks, Healthy Portland

Phone: 503-823-7529

1120 SW Fifth Avenue, Portland, OR 97204

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Local Access Park Acquisition

Twenty percent ($3.05 million) of Portland's local share will be spent to acquire land for future development as local access parks in park-deficient, lower income neighborhoods, especially where little opportunity exists for use of System Development Charges (SDCs). The designated eastside areas of Centennial, Cully, and Argay, annexed to Portland in recent decades, lack the developed park matrix of the city's older neighborhoods.

Portland Parks & Recreation identified the following characteristics of highest priority for providing equitable access to parks for Portland residents, based on PP&R's Land Acquisition Strategy:

  • Within half mile walk (10-15 minutes) from underserved residential areas
  • Sufficient scale and character so as to be readily developed for significant numbers and variety of recreation opportunities (preferably four acres or larger)

Other attributes to be considered include:

  • Access from well-traveled transportation corridors and public transportation
  • Expansion of existing parks
  • Linkages to other parks, trails, greenways, waterways, wildlife corridors, cultural features, landscapes or corridors
  • Street frontage
  • Eyes on the park (residential or commercial activity)
  • Available utilities