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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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SDC Program Summary

When a new home or commercial development is built in Portland, we need to expand the park system to meet the needs of a growing population. Collecting SDCs from development helps to pay for that park system growth.

SDCs must be used for capital projects that expand the capacity of the park system, like acquiring new land, developing new parks or facilities, or expanding existing parks or facilities.

The Parks SDC program has two ‘Sub-Areas’, Central City and Non-Central City. A portion of the fees collected in each sub-area need to stay in that sub-area to provide more local park experiences (like typical neighborhood parks), and a portion can be spent on park experiences that serve a more citywide function (like regional trails, natural areas, etc.)

The following charts and map are summaries of SDC program revenues and expenditures from fiscal year 1998-1999 through 2018-2019.  

For more information about program performance or if you have other SDC questions, please contact the Parks SDC Program Manager, Sarah Huggins, at, 503-823-3385.

Fee Revenue by fiscal year 1999-2019

SDC Fee Revenue by sub-area, fiscal year 1999-2019

Project Expenditures

This summary of capital expenditures from the SDC fund shows actual expenditures by fiscal year, and does not include dollars that have been allocated to projects, but not yet spent.   

This summary does not include other funding streams like the 2014 Park Replacement Bond, major maintenance, and other partnerships / donations. It is through a combination of these funding mechanisms (and with their individual constraints) that we maintain and grow the park system.

Neighborhood Coalition; Each project has been assigned to one coalition area. However, there are some projects (like regional trails) that span more than one coalition area, and coalition area boundaries are disputed in some instances.