The Portland Parks Board, established in 2001, serves to ensure that the vision and recommendations of the Parks 2020 Vision are at the forefront of discussions about park and recreation issues, and trends over time and in all areas of the city.
About Portland Parks Board
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.
Parks Board Meetings
Meetings are open to the public and are generally held via Zoom; the second Tuesday of every month, from 8:00-10:00 am. To contact the Parks Board, please contact Brooke Gardner at email@example.com or call 503-823-5135.
If you identify as a person with a disability and would like to request an ADA accommodation to participate in a City-sponsored training, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 503-823-5135. Please note all accommodation requests should be submitted as soon as possible, but no later than 3 business days prior to the event. This allows enough time for us to process your request. Thank you.
Parks Board Members
- Paul Agrimis, Chair
- Bonnie Gee Yosick, Vice Chair
- Punneh Abdolhosseini
- Alejandra Cortes
- Mike Elliott
- Jenny Glass
- Katy Holland
- Ian Jaquiss
- Tamara Layden
- Casey Mills
- Alejandro Orizola
- Juan Piantino
- David Staczek
- Paddy Tillett
- Erin Zollenkopf
- Randy Gragg, Ex-Officio
- Lorena Nascimento, Ex-Officio
Board Statement on Turning the Tide of Racism
June 12, 2020
We are filled with sorrow and heartache watching the nation’s ongoing racism crisis. The senseless murder of George Floyd, the police brutality at many peaceful protests, and the responses of certain political leaders have shaken us. Fundamental change is needed to address the institutional and active racism facing black people and all people of color.
There is a deep flaw in our nation, and it is racism. It continues to pervade our society with deep-seated environmental and social injustices such as markedly higher infection rates and deaths of African-Americans and Native Americans during the COVID-19 pandemic. The current passive-aggressive manifestations of racism are part of the sad legacy of enslavement of African-Americans and subjugation of Native Americans. As individuals we may condemn it, but only as communities united across the country can we eradicate it. It is time to do so. Racism is a crime against humanity.
Repeated police killings of African-Americans are horrifying and extreme examples of this behavior; they underline the urgency with which it must be addressed - by recognizing such acts of violence as crimes, punishable by law. This is how we codify consensus on acceptable behavior - all equal under enforcement of the law. We must root out racism from police forces. We need accountability.
We must also take action to eliminate racism from every other element of society. The deaths of Ahmaud Arbery and Trayvon Martin are chilling examples: individual acts of murder based on racial bias against African Americans. These injustices need to be fully prosecuted as such. Environmental injustices are another form of violence against people of color and we need to seek remedies for these injustices as well.
We reaffirm our commitment to racial justice and equity and realize that statements of solidarity are not enough without action to back them up. We commit to doing our part by making the Portland Parks & Recreation Advisory Board an anti-racist institution and working with PP&R leadership to address racial inequities within the Portland Parks system. We commit to supporting local leaders of color in their calls for rooting out the racism that is entrenched in our police bureaus and in all systems. We recognize the responsibility that white people have at this time to listen, amplify, and support leaders of color. The white members of the Portland Parks Board are committed to taking on increased responsibility to change the systems, including systems within the Parks Board, set up to benefit white people.
We stand in solidarity with our Black neighbors here in the City of Portland, and across the country, in calling for overdue change. We stand ready to take action in this movement for racial justice.
Parks Board By-Laws
The Portland Parks Board By-Laws (pdf) were first adopted February 5, 2003; and last revised September 19, 2013.
Parks Board Ordinance
The City of Portland Ordinance (pdf) creating the Parks Board on October 10, 2001.
Public Comment Procedure
In its capacity as an advisor and advocate, the Parks Board welcomes input from community members on issues that affect the city’s system of natural areas, parks and recreation services. The Board respects the time and effort community members put into preparing comments and wants to be in a position to effectively and constructively respond to those comments. The following procedures are intended to help community members and the Board have a meaningful dialogue about issues of mutual concern.
In July of each year, the Board will publish on its website a calendar reflecting the subjects the Board intends to consider in the coming year. The calendar will be reviewed quarterly and adjustments may be made to reflect changed priorities. In addition, the agenda for each Board meeting will be published on the Board’s website at least a week before the relevant meeting. The Board intends to rotate the location of its monthly meetings to facilitate public comment. The location of each meeting will be published on the Board’s website.
Community members are invited to provide comment on specific agenda items and on the subjects listed on the calendar. Community members are also invited to bring to the Board’s attention matters of concern that are not included on a specific agenda or on the yearly calendar. The Board may seek comment on certain matters from representatives of Friends’ groups, community advocates or other individuals or groups affected by or knowledgeable about those matters.
The Board reserves 10 minutes of each of its meetings for public comment. Unless the time limit is waived by the Chair, verbal presentations are limited to 2 minutes. Written comments of any length are welcome. Written material should be sent to email@example.com for distribution to the Board.
Community members wishing to make a verbal presentation to the Board should send a completed comment form to firstname.lastname@example.org one week in advance of an upcoming Board meeting. The Chair has the discretion to waive the one week requirement. The Chair determines whether to schedule a particular comment for an upcoming meeting or direct a comment to the appropriate Parks Bureau staff person for further investigation or response. Anyone submitting a comment form should receive a response from either the Board Chair or Parks Bureau staff.
Monthly, the Chair will deliver to the Board the comment forms received in the prior month along with a summary of the action taken with respect to each comment. Any Board member may request that a particular commenter be asked to appear before the Board.