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If we had to describe the Parks Replacement Bond’s fourth year in one word, it would be “play”:
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 ParksReplacementBond.org.
Commissioner Nick Fish
Portland Parks & Recreation Director Adena Long
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