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Planning for Future Parks Capital Improvement Projects

Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) and its 120 friends and partner groups steward your public parks system. In addition to maintaining today’s parks, PP&R is responsible for working with City Council, our Portland Parks Foundation, and the community to build the parks system for the next generation.

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About Parks Capital Improvement Project Planning

Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) and its 120 friends and partner groups steward your public parks system. In addition to maintaining today’s parks, PP&R is responsible for working with City Council, our Portland Parks Foundation and others, to build the parks system for the next generation. This requires planning, community input, and resources to complete this work.

We track our existing major maintenance needs and growth needs (growing our parks system to match population growth), on the PP&R Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) list. The CIP tracks projects regardless of their funding status. In fact, many projects on our CIP are unfunded.

For each geographic area, there is a maintenance list and a growth list. Note: As of the first quarter of 2018--we are in the process of updating all lists (expected update Spring/Summer 2018).

  • Maintenance projects maintain or replace existing facilities, such as the replacement of a roof or the repair of an existing pool.
  • Growth projects add new facilities (building a new park or a new playground in a park) or expand existing facilities (like adding a gymnasium to an existing community center).

Parks System Development Charge revenues (SDCs) can be used to fund growth projects, but not maintenance projects. For more information, please visit the Parks SDC page.


Coalition Maps for Capital and Planning Investments


Parks Service Area Map

Service area map of all Portland Parks & Recreation properties.

Capital Improvement Projects Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What kinds of projects are ‘capital’ projects?

A: Broadly, capital projects are projects to maintain existing facilities, OR to build new parks or facilities, that have a total project dollar amount of over $10,000. Purchasing equipment with a cost of over $5,000 and an anticipated lifespan of over 10 years can also be a capital project.

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Q: How does this 20-year list relate to the list of projects in the Parks Budget?

A:Projects that PP&R anticipates having funding to implement in the next 5 years are included in the Parks Budget. For more information on the Parks Budget, including a list of projects anticipated in the next 1)5 years, please visit our budget website at: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/p…

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Q: How are projects added to the 20--year list?

A: Projects can be added to the list in a variety of ways. Some of the typical ways that projects are added:

  • When Master Plans are developed for a site
  • When a system plan is developed (like the skatepark system plan, or the trail system plan)
  • Through the Park Proposal Process, set up for community members to suggest projects
  • When facilities are inspected and deficiencies requiring capital maintenance or replacement are noted
  • When codes change and projects are needed to bring existing facilities up to new code standards

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Q: What do the categories on the CIP lists mean?

A: The CIP categories are defined as such:

  • Site: The park site, if known, where a project will take place.
  • Project ID: PP&R’s tracking number for this project.
  • Project Rating: A committee rates CIP projects using our CIP rating criteria. You may note that some projects have an ‘NA’ in their rating column. These projects have not yet been rated, and/or are ongoing placeholder projects, like our major maintenance program.
  • Project Name: Short description of what the project will be doing at the identified Site.