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I want to let you know about an exciting new Portland Parks & Recreation initiative.
Because of its focus on facilities east of Interstate 205, we’re calling it ” E-205 .”
It’s no secret that rapidly growing East Portland is underserved by park facilities.
Over the years, PP&R has acquired a number of great properties for future parks on the east side. We’ve completed Master Plans for several sites and made initial improvements where funding allowed.
When we pass a bond measure in 2-3 years, building out new east side parks will be a priority.
But I’m not willing to wait. Let’s see what we can do now .
Portland’s parks and programs rely on the generosity of private donors. It’s time to challenge public-spirited businesses and donors to look east of I-205.
Our greatest opportunities are in our neighborhoods of greatest need .
This week, I’ll be asking the City Council to include funding in next year’s budget to jumpstart our vision.
I’ll be working with the Parks Board, the Parks Foundation, and private donors to match this public investment.
I believe that in underserved areas, small improvements can have a huge impact on a park and the surrounding neighborhood.
My team is working on the details of this new initiative now. This Spring, expect to hear more about how you can help.
Brian Libby on Portland Architecture
Ryan Frank in the Oregonian