Portland's parks, public places, natural areas, and recreational opportunities give life and beauty to our city. These essential assets connect people to place, self, and others. Portland's residents treasure and care for this legacy, building on the past to provide for future generations.
The mission of Portland Parks & Recreation is to help Portlanders play - providing the safe places, facilities, and programs which promote physical, mental, and social activity. We get people, especially kids, outside, active, and connected to the community. As we do this, there will be an increase in the wellness of our residents and the livability of our city. We accomplish this through:
- Establishing, safeguarding and restoring the parks, natural areas, public places, and urban forest of the city, ensuring that these are accessible to all;
- Developing and maintaining excellent facilities and places for public recreation and community building;
- Providing dynamic recreation programs and services that promote health and well-being for all;
- Partnering with the community we serve.
- Quality, responsive service to our diverse customers and partners.
- Community participation in program and project planning.
- Innovation, creativity, and excellence in all we do.
- Openness, honesty, and respect in all relationships.
- A diverse and culturally competent workforce.
- Transparent, ethical, and accountable decision making.
We recognize, understand, and encourage celebration of the differences that surround us. Diversity and equity are vital to Portland Parks & Recreation's ideals and values.
Portland Parks & Recreation's planning cycle includes the development of a strategic plan every three to five years. Each strategic plan is a stepping stone toward fulfilling the Parks 2020 Vision.
Director Adena Long
Adena Long was announced as the new Director of Portland Parks & Recreation on February 7, 2019.
“I am honored to be chosen by Commissioner Fish to head Portland Parks & Recreation,” Adena said. “Portlanders are passionate about their parks and recreation programs. I look forward to engaging the community on the challenging and important work of the bureau.”
A native New Yorker, Adena began her NYC Parks career as a seasonal Urban Park Ranger in 1997. She steadily moved up the ranks, and in 2010 became the first woman, and youngest-ever, to serve as Parks Borough Commissioner for Staten Island.
In 2018, she was recognized as manager of the year for New York City Parks. Adena has served as Deputy Commissioner for Urban Park Service and Public Programs since 2016.
Adena assumed her role as Director of Portland Parks & Recreation on February 19, 2019.
Reproductions of the daily work calendar for the director of Portland Parks & Recreation. The current calendar is updated quarterly.