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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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1120 SW Fifth Avenue, Suite 1302
Portland, Oregon 97204


Maija Spencer, Community Engagement Coordinator


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2018-2019 Annual Report

  • Read Hanna's Story Building trust in immigrant communities

  • Read Marti's Story The power of community

  • Read Renee's Story A playground for everyone

  • Read Stacey's Story An investment in local businesses

Dear Portlanders,

If we had to describe the Parks Replacement Bond’s fourth year in one word, it would be “play”:

  • Construction began on playgrounds at Gilbert Primary, Glenhaven, and Lynchview Parks;
  • Playground renovations were completed at Kenton Park and the North Park Blocks;
  • An inclusive playground for Northwest Portland opened in Couch Park;
  • Design began on an inclusive playground at Gabriel Park in Southwest Portland; and
  • Twelve playgrounds had new play pieces installed.

Over the life of the Bond, nearly 40 playgrounds across Portland will be improved, but, as former Parks Director Charles Jordan said, “Parks are more than just fun and games.” Each project completed—including critical repairs to pools, trails, restrooms, community centers, and playgrounds—represents the community’s investment in safer, more inclusive places where people of all ages and abilities can gather together and build a stronger community.

With more than half of the Bond projects done and funding winding down, we are shifting our focus to lead PP&R in a more financially sustainable direction. PP&R’s budget struggles have made it clear that the expectations for the parks and recreation system we’d like to have aren’t supported by the funding we do have. We are working on a funding strategy to change that, with details coming later this fall.

Thank you again for your investment in the 2014 Parks Replacement Bond, and please continue to look for progress updates at


Commissioner Nick Fish
Portland Parks & Recreation Director Adena Long

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