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A sustainable future for our park system

Portland Parks & Recreation is committed to establishing a more financially sustainable direction – for the long term. As part of that commitment, bureau leadership led a Council Work Session on November 26, 2019 to get feedback about how best to align community expectations with funding levels.

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The future of Portland Parks & Recreation

Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) is committed to establishing a more financially sustainable direction – for the long term. As part of that commitment, bureau leadership led a City Council Work Session on November 26, 2019 to get feedback about how best to align community expectations with funding levels.


Alternative Funding Options

To assist in the research of possible funding alternatives, PP&R convened community members on an Alternative Funding Task Force. Additional input was sought from the Trust for Public Land, Portland State University’s Northwest Economic Research Center, and experts from across the Bureau and City.

Of the six funding options discussed at the work session, four options were highlighted for further consideration:

  • General obligation bond
  • Special district
  • Local option levy
  • Prepared food and beverage tax
  • Transient lodging tax (not recommended)
  • Cell phone tax (not recommended)

In addition, at the work session Council instructed PP&R to explore an income tax as a possible funding option.


City Council Work Session - November 26, 2019

Creating a sustainable future for Portland Parks & Recreation