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Chapter 3.27 Portland Parks and Recreation Board

City Code Chapter

(Chapter added by Ordinance 176002, effective October 10, 2001.)

3.27.010 Purpose.

(Amended by Ordinance 190226, effective January 8, 2021.) 

  1. The Portland Parks and Recreation (PP&R) Board is established for the following purposes: to ensure that the vision and recommendations of the Parks 2020 Vision, other PP&R strategic initiatives adopted by the City Council and the values of diversity, equity and inclusion are at the forefront of discussions about park and recreation issues and trends over time, in all areas of the city; to advocate for parks and recreation on a city and regional basis to ensure that parks, natural areas, open spaces and recreation facilities are advanced in city and regional planning and design; to provide continuity when transitions occur in the leadership of Portland Parks and Recreation and on the City Council; to provide a forum for public discussion and decision-making about park issues, bringing a city-wide and long-term perspective to neighborhood-based issues.

3.27.020 Definitions.

(Amended by Ordinance 190226, effective January 8, 2021.) 

  1. As used in this Chapter, unless the context requires otherwise, the following definitions apply:
  2. A. "Board" means the Portland Parks and Recreation Board.
  3. B.  “Board Year” means July 1 through June 30.
  4. C.  "Bureau” or “Portland Parks and Recreation” means the Bureau of Parks and Recreation of the City of Portland, or whatever agency is given responsibility for the City’s system of parks and recreation.
  5. D.  “Commissioner” means the Commissioner in Charge of Portland Parks and Recreation.
  6. E.  “Council” means the City Council of the City of Portland, Oregon.
  7. F.  “Director” means the Director of Portland Parks and Recreation, or the Bureau head, however designated.
  8. G.  “Parks 2020 Vision” means the Parks 2020 Vision adopted on October 10, 2001 and any amendments, extensions or replacements adopted by the Council.

3.27.030 Members and Terms.

(Amended by Ordinances 184647 and 190226, effective January 8, 2021.)

  1. A.  Voting Members.  The Portland Parks Board shall consist of a minimum of 9 and a maximum of 15 voting members appointed by the Mayor in consultation with the Commissioner and confirmed by the Council.  Members shall serve without compensation for terms of 3 years.  No member shall be appointed to more than two full consecutive terms, not to exceed 6 years of total consecutive service; provided that a member appointed initially to a term of less than 3 years may thereafter be re-appointed to two consecutive 3-year terms and completion of an unexpired term shall not apply to the 6 year cumulative limitation.  A member otherwise may be re-appointed after at least 3 years following completion of the member’s two consecutive terms.  Members are expected to bring a system-wide perspective to the Board and to reflect the demographic and geographic diversity of the City.
  2. B.  Ex Officio Members.  The Board may, in its discretion, appoint up to four ex officio members as, in the judgment of the Board, will assist it in carrying out its functions.  Such ex officio members shall be appointed in a manner to be determined by the Board.  Ex officio members shall not have the right to vote.  Ex officio members shall not be subject to the term limitations of Subsection A. of this Section, but the Board may, by rule or regulation, provide for terms and other conditions of service of ex officio members as it may deem necessary or desirable.

3.27.040 Organization and Meetings.

(Amended by Ordinance 190226, effective January 8, 2021.) 

  1. The Board shall adopt such rules of procedure as it deems necessary to the conduct of its duties.  Every 2 years the Board shall elect a Chair and such other officers as the Board may from time to time establish.  The Board shall meet at least quarterly and may meet more often.  The Board Chair, in consultation with the Commissioner and the Director, shall set the agenda for Board meetings.

3.27.050 Duties.

  1. The Board shall:
  2. A. Advise the Council, the Commissioner and the Director on policy matters pertaining to Portland Parks and Recreation, using the Parks 2020 Vision as its guide.
  3. B. Advise the Council, the Commissioner and the Director on the preparation and contents of the annual Portland Parks and Recreation budget request.
  4. C. Review plans and policies, either existing or being developed, by other City bureaus, boards and commissions or by other government agencies, that affect parks and recreation in the City of Portland, and advocate for the advancement of parks, natural areas, open spaces and recreation facilities and services in City and regional planning and design.
  5. D. Engage in such public outreach, education and advocacy, to the extent permitted by law, as the Board determines necessary or advisable in order to provide a forum for public discussion and decision-making about park and recreation issues.
  6. E. Prepare and submit to the Council an annual report which shall summarize the Board’s activities during the year and which shall identify the major issues facing Portland Parks and Recreation and the Board’s recommendations for addressing them in the coming year.

3.27.060 Staff Liaison and Support.

  1. The Director shall be the staff liaison to the Board, and shall, to the extent budgeted funds are available therefor, provide the Board with staff assistance necessary to the discharge of its duties.