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Portland Parks Board Member Recruitment

The Portland Parks Board advises the Director and City Council on PP&R-related issues and advocates for the wellbeing of and equitable access to PP&R services. Applications to join the Board are due by Sunday, May 1, 2022.
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Portland Parks Board volunteer applications are now open

Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) cares for and maintains more than 11,000 acres of lands and offers thousands of programs for all ages at its community centers, swimming pools, and other recreation facilities. It is a premier City of Portland Bureau that depends on a workforce of 627 permanent employees, 2,948 part-time and seasonal employees, and over 6,000 volunteers. The Portland Parks Board provides support, advocacy and guidance for the overall parks system.

The Portland Parks Board advocates for parks on a city and regional basis to ensure that parks, natural areas, open spaces, and recreation facilities are advanced in planning and design. The Parks Board provides a forum for public discussion and decision-making about park issues, bringing a citywide and long-term perspective to neighborhood-based issues.

Committee activities include: 

  • Advise the Council, the Commissioner and the Director on policy matters pertaining to PP&R. The Board does not have decision making authority.
  • Uphold and incorporate diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives into Board and City work
  • Participate in the preparation and contents of the PP&R annual budget
  • Review and advocate on plans and policies, either existing or being developed, city- or region- wide, that affect parks and recreation in the City of Portland
  • Attend PP&R events and celebrations
  • Prepare and submit an annual report to the City Council which summarizes the Board’s activities during the year and identifies the major issues facing PP&R along with the Board’s recommendations for addressing them in the coming year

Applications are due by 11:59pm on Sunday, May 1, 2022. To talk with someone about this opportunity or to receive assistance completing the application, please contact the advisory body staff liaison at or 971-865-1878.

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