The City of Portland has an unwavering commitment to areas east of I-205. 75% of Portlanders enjoy access to a park or natural area within a 15-minute walk of their home. Many of the parks provide a variety of amenities from sports fields and playgrounds to pathways and picnic areas. When looking at the park system east of I-205, we see a different picture. Incorporated later into the City of Portland, east Portland does not have the rich tradition of parks and recreational places. Yet, east Portland has experienced population growth and now 40% of families with children are living in this area. Demand for equitable recreational services is high. New parks can cost in the tens of millions and Portland Parks & Recreation is looking toward a bond measure in the future to address these service gaps. In the meantime, the E205 Initiative served to improve and add amenities in existing parks. The City Council allocated $500,000 toward these improvements for existing parks.
Park/Project Selection Criteria
- Park has identified service delivery gap
- Park has identified community support
- Project has broad appeal to a wide range of community members
- Project leverages other funding, partnerships, or in-kind materials and services
- Project has no significant site preparation or permitting issues so it can be built or under construction within 18 months
- Project cost or total allocation per park is $250,000