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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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1. Asset Management

Portland Parks & Recreation manages one of the most diverse asset portfolios in the City, covering 11,712 acres with 144 developed parks and 7,921 acres of natural areas. The bureau’s strategic plan emphasizes development of a thorough asset management program that integrates with operations, financial planning, and performance management. Below are key performance measures we are using to measure progress in achieving goals within this area. A summary table is provided along with more detailed interactive charts below.

Asset Management Theme Goals

  • Improve the condition of PP&R’s built and natural assets by implementing an asset management program
  • Lower the system-wide risk of asset’s failure to provide established levels of service.  

The following table provides a summary of progress towards Asset Management goals over the current strategic planning cycle.

Progress Towards Target Performance Measures 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 Target
  Undefined Percentage of natural areas in good condition  N/A N/A   53% N/A  N/A    Undefined
No change Percentage of residents rating park facilities as well maintained 66%  68%   69% 65%   66%  67%
No change  Percentage of residents rating park grounds as well maintained  84%  85%  85%   84% 84%  85%
Progress made  Allocated funding for facility maintenance as a percentage of current replacement value  1.5% 1.8%   2.0% 2.1%   N/A  4%
  Undefined Maintenance expenditures per acre of developed park N/A N/A $12,447 N/A N/A  Undefined

Natural Area Condition
Natural Area condition is derived from assessments that occur as part of the bureau’s Natural Areas Restoration Plan.The plan is updated every five years. The plan results in a matrix that combines an ecological function score with and assessment of ecological health to guide restoration activities.  Restoration activities are focused on areas with the highest ecological function. The ecological function is determined by wildlife habitat potential, wildlife connectivity, habitat size, presence of a perennial stream and quality of riparian areasAs of 2014, 53% of Natural Areas are in good or healthy condition.

Maintenance of Park Facilities
The percentage of Portland residents rating the level of maintenance at park facilities as good or very good has fluctuated in recent years rising to 69% in 2014, but dropped in 2016 to a level consistent with 2012. The largest declines between 2014 and 2015 occurred in neighborhoods west of the Willamette River.

Maintenance of Park Grounds
The percentage of Portland residents rating the level of maintenance for park grounds as good or very good remains steady at 84%. Between 2015 and 2016 the east Portland neighborhood coalition district experienced the largest decline (-8%).

Funding for Facility Maintenance
PP&R has defined a goal to provide funding towards facility maintenance at a level that is between two and four percent of current replacement value. This is considered a best practice within the industry. PP&R has been below or near the lower range of this goal for the past four years. 

Maintenance Expenditures Per Acre
In the past year the bureau has developed a model for calculating the average maintenance cost per acre of park land. The model calculates an average for the 144 developed park properties that PP&R manages. The metric is intended to provide information over the longer term to better assess trends in the management of park properties. As of 2014 the average maintenance cost per acre of developed park land is $12,447.

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