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Parks Replacement Bond

Parks Replacement Bond funds are for urgent repairs and other capital costs, not park operations. The measure authorized up to $68 million in general obligation bonds to make repairs and improvements and prevent more closures like we’ve seen at Couch playground and the Maple Trail in Forest Park.

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Parks Replacement Bond News

  • Introducing Verdell Burdine Rutherford Park: Portland Parks & Recreation and Mayor Ted Wheeler are pleased to announce that the former Lynchview Park (SE 167th Avenue and Market Street in east Portland) has been renamed Verdell Burdine Rutherford Park. This is the first Portland park named after a prominent and beloved Black female leader. The site recently underwent major improvements thanks to the 2014 Parks Replacement Bond and Parks System Development Charges.
  • The Bond Oversight Committee presented their Year 4 annual report to City Council on January 15, 2020. 
  • Creston Park playground construction started in mid-April 2020, with anticipated completion in Fall 2020. 
  • Matt Dishman Community Center's roof replacement is underway and will be completed by Fall 2020. 

Parks Replacement Bond Annual Reports

Bond Projects Under Construction

Bond Projects Starting Construction in 2020

Citywide Play Piece Replacements and Drainage Repairs

Thanks to funding from the Parks Replacement Bond, new play pieces were installed at 19 playgrounds, and drainage repairs were made at 11 playgrounds. In recent years, many play pieces have been removed from parks due to lead paint and other safety concerns. Read more about the Lead Paint Control Program here. Some sites also received ADA access improvements. 

Play Piece Replacement Locations 

Summer 2018 through Spring 2020; all replacements now completed

Park NamePlay Piece
Albert Kelly Park Play structure with slide
Argay ParkPlay structure with slide
Berkeley Park Whirl
Bloomington Park Musical play piece (xylophone)
Colonel Summers Park Horizontal ladder
Flavel Park Whirl
Fulton ParkSwings
Hancock Park Whirl
Irving Park New slide and decking repairs on existing play structure
Knott Park  Wood repairs on existing play structure
Laurelhurst Park Teeter totter
Mt. Tabor Park Horizontal ladder
Piccolo Park Wood repairs on existing play structures
Sewallcrest Park Whirl
University Park Chin-up bar
Washington Park Swings
Wilkes ParkTalk tubes and a bobble spring toy
Wilshire ParkPlay structure for tot area
Woodstock Park Whirl

Drainage Repair Locations

Summer 2019 through Winter 2019/20

The below 11 playgrounds received drainage repairs and installation of new wood chips in Summer 2019 - Winter 2019/20. 

  • Burlingame Park – COMPLETED
  • Clinton Park – COMPLETED
  • Harney Park – COMPLETED
  • Irving Park – COMPLETED
  • Patton Square Park – COMPLETED
  • Peninsula Park – COMPLETED
  • Pier Park – COMPLETED
  • Portsmouth Park – COMPLETED
  • South Park Blocks – COMPLETED
  • Sunnyside School Park – COMPLETED
  • Woodlawn Park – COMPLETED

Pathway Repair Locations

Summer 2019 through Winter 2019/20

Pathway improvements were made at the below 11 parks in Summer 2019 - Winter 2019/20 to improve accessibility. 

  • Burlingame Park
    • 195 sq ft of paving from play area to SW Falcon Street - COMPLETED
  • Peninsula Park
    • 600 sq ft of parking to improve access to play area from N Albina Avenue and between picnic area/restroom and the swing and teeter section of play area - COMPLETED
  • Clinton Park
    • 240 sq ft of paving from play area to SE Woodward Street - COMPLETED
  • Pier Park
    • 3,000 sq ft of paving to improve access to play area from N James Street, re-orientation of play area access ramp to prevent flooding, and access to the nearby splash pad - COMPLETED
  • Fulton Park
    • Minor asphalt paving and installation of an access ramp to the play area - COMPLETED
  • Sewallcrest Park
    • 140 sq ft of paving to improve access to play area and replacement whirl - COMPLETED
  • Irving Park
    • 350 sq ft of paving to improve access to play area from NE 9th Avenue - COMPLETED
  • Sellwood Park
    • paving to improve access to restroom near Picnic Area C and the Kitchen Building, paving to improve access from the parking lot at SE 7th Avenue and SE Bidwell Street to the play area and restroom - COMPLETED
  • Knott Park
    • 3,700 sq ft of paving to improve access to play area from NE 117th Street parking lot - COMPLETED
  • Woodstock Park
    • 300 sq ft of paving to improve access to restrooms and play area from SE 47th Avenue - COMPLETED
  • Laurelhurst Park
    • 200 sq ft of paving to improve access to play area from SW Oak Street - COMPLETED

Completed Bond Projects

Featured Stories from the 2018-2019 Bond Annual Report

Bond Oversight Committee

When voters supported the Parks Replacement Bond, they also approved forming a committee of community members to oversee how their dollars are spent. The purpose and authority of the Oversight Committee is to convene periodically to provide a third-party review of progress on the bond project improvements and report to the City Council and the public.

The Committee will review and provide feedback on program progress; including financial metrics and other assurances contained in voter information. The Committee reports annually to City Council and our community regarding performance and progress toward goals.

The Oversight Committee is composed of five community members appointed to three-year terms by the Portland City Council; members may be re-appointed. Future appointments will be staggered to allow for overlap. Members are to be people with experience in community engagement, equity, finance, public works, auditing, business, construction, public contracting and/or budgeting.

A photo of the five member Bond Oversight Committee.
Members (L-R): (back row) Jonath Colón, Karen Loper Tracy, Ken Richardson, (front row) Zari Santner, Jan Mason

Members of the public are always welcome to attend Oversight Committee meetings.

If you have questions, please contact Elizabeth Specht by email or at 503-823-5561.


Maija Spencer

Community Engagement Coordinator, Bond Projects

Robin Laughlin

Capital Projects Manager (2014 Parks Bond Program)