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Parks & Recreation

Healthy Parks, Healthy Portland

Phone: 503-823-PLAY (7529)

Fax: 503-823-6007

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


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

Emily Roth, Project Manager


Elizabeth Kennedy-Wong, Community Engagement Manager


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Champion Committee Materials

Vision for Washington Park

Washington Park’s public places, natural areas, and recreational opportunities give life and beauty to our city. These essential assets connect people to place, self, and others. Portland's residents treasure and care for Washington Park’s legacy, building on the past to provide for future generations. (Adapted from Portland Parks & Recreation Vision Statement)


  1. Fulfill the potential for Washington Park to become a world class park – valued for inspirational beauty, areas of respite, recreation, health and vitality.
  2. Washington Park is easy to get to and move through once there.
  3. Washington Park showcases horticultural and natural area excellence.
  4. Washington Park creates the connection to venues and activities.
  5. Washington Park is well funded and supported; it adds economic vitality to the City of Portland and the region.
  6. Washington Park embraces the rich cultural and historic vitality of the City of Portland and the region, and reflects the cultural diversity of its visitors.
  7. Washington Park is resilient, offering a safe experience for all users.

Washington Park Master Plan Update Champion Committee

  • Joe Angel, Park Neighbor – Arlington Heights
  • Kimberly Bown, Royal Rosarian
  • Sam Baraso, Office of Sustainability, Multnomah County
  • Shirley Craddick, Metro Council
  • Sohko Eath, Cambodian American Community Organization and IRCO
  • Christie Galen, Arlington Heights Neighborhood Association
  • Osvaldo (Ozzie) Gonzalez, Jardin Portland
  • Gretchen Holland, Sylvan Heights Neighborhood Association
  • Adam Lyons, NE Coalition
  • Laurie Mathew, Landscape Architect, MIG
  • Carol Mayer Reed, Principal, Mayer/Reed
  • Heather McCreary, Explore Washington Park
  • Joey Pope, Community Member
  • John Russell, Russell Development Company, Inc.
  • Paddy Tillitt, Parks Board Member
  • Jim Winkler, Winkler Development Corporation
  • Charlene Zidell, ZRZ