Portland Citywide Parks Team Meeting
Thursday, June 19, 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Portland Building, Forest Park Room, 1120 SW 5th Ave, 13th Floor
There are times when other City of Portland Bureaus or other government agencies propose placing non-park facilities/functions on PP&R land. A significant example, in recent years, was building the existing 911 Center on land that was part of Ed Benedict Park in outer SE Portland. A more recent example is a current suggestion, by the Office of Cable and Franchise Management that it might be better to locate cell towers in local parks, where the trees would help camouflage them, than putting them up on residential streets.
Steve Planchon, Property/Contracts Manager, at Portland Parks and Recreation will address this topic, including a discussion of the required approval process, what criteria PP&R staff use to evaluate such proposals, who has the final say on such decisions, revenues generated by permitted uses and more - including example of PP&R saying "No" to permit applications.
The Portland Citywide Parks Team is an ad hoc citizens group, formed in February 2005. Monthly meetings provide a forum for information-sharing and an exchange of ideas - and for respectful discourse on park issues and policies. There are also opportunities to network with others who are working and volunteering to make Portland's parks even better than they are today. It's citizen-initiated, citizen-led, citizen-owned, and intended for all Portlanders who care about getting things done in and for parks in Portland.
The Citywide Parks Team meetings are open to anyone. The group doesn't have designated members or a formal committee structure. Interested individuals are encouraged to drop in whenever they can. It's a self-selected, ever-changing group that meets monthly, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on the third Thursday, in the Forest Park Conference Room at the Portland Building. Attendance has ranges from 5 to 40+ people, depending on the topic.