Parks Replacement Bond Annual Report 2017-2018

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Dear Portlanders, In 2014, we asked for your help. We faced a precarious outlook for our award-winning parks system with a long list of much-needed repairs and limited maintenance funds. With a resounding show of support, 74% of you said “yes” to investing $68 million to fix our parks through the Parks Replacement Bond.


Projects underway


In the first three years, we are proud to report completion of the following projects: • Major renovations at Lents and Ventura Parks playgrounds, Matt Dishman Pool and Spa and Grant Pool, and Argay Park tennis courts; • A new roof replacing the original 1920s shingles on the Sellwood Pool Bathhouse, seismic and ADA studies at Multnomah Arts Center, new all-weather synthetic turf at Rieke Field, and ADA accessibility improvements at the Washington Park Rose Garden; and • Restroom repairs or replacements at seven parks, new bridges on three popular hiking trails in Forest Park, and a new waterproof membrane to stop water leaks to better serve the 10 million visitors annually to Pioneer Courthouse Square.

Projects completed

Of the 52 Bond projects, 21 are completed, and the remaining 31 are underway. We will ensure the remainder of the Bond projects are completed with equal success, and we thank you for this investment which will greatly benefit future generations of Portlanders. We also recognize that our maintenance needs are beyond the funds available with this Bond, so we are creating a financial sustainability plan for our park system. We will be asking for your input on how to ensure our treasured public places are safe and accessible for all.

Projects ahead of or on schedule





Commissioner Amanda Fritz

Portland Parks & Recreation Interim Director Kia Selley

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million dollars spent to date


Project Map

=B ond projects completed

=B ond projects under construction in 2018–19

=B ond projects breaking ground in future years

New bridge on a historic trail Searching for the biggest bigleaf maple leaf, practicing hiker etiquette, and following a map to the Stone House —it’s all part of the nature adventures that kids can have on the Lower Macleay Trail, the site of a beautiful new bridge completed with Bond funds. Last October, Bryna Campbell, Mike Murawski, and their son Holden launched their “Witch’s Castle Trail Spooky Nature Adventure” activity book, inspired by Forest Park and the “national park level of nature” found here. Forest Park is not just part of their business plan; it’s also where the family makes memories… Read Bryna, Mike, and Holden’s story at

A valued partner in Bond Projects At Faison Construction, a minorityowned Portland firm, owner James Faison employs from 20 to 35 workers on jobs ranging from high-rise construction to light rail projects. For the high profile, $10 million Bond project at Pioneer Courthouse Square, Howard S. Wright and its partner Faison Construction were selected as construction managers/general contractors. James appreciates PP&R for its focus on ensuring funds from the Bond reach every corner of the community. “Parks does a good job getting contractors to do what they say they’ll do when it comes to hiring diverse work crews…” Read James’s story at

The 2014 Parks Replacement Bond targets PP&R’s most critical needs in parks, community



Prevent emergency closures, stop water leaks, and improve water conservation and energy efficiency

Replace or build 10 to 20 play structures that are closed, at risk of closure, or deficient

Pioneer Courthouse Square

Play Pieces

Replace failing structures, fix leaks and cracks, and make improvements at most-visited park

Replace equipment that needs repair and/or has tested positive for leadbased paint; address drainage and replace wood fiber play surfacing

Additional Investments since 2013: PP&R invests funds from System Dev

Some Bond projects also received these funds. The investments use neighborhood coalit


= Additional Investments

A place to gather and be a community A first generation Portlander, Brian Flores Garcia played soccer at Lynchview Park as a kid. Without a playground or places to sit, this 7.6-acre park has been lightly used. When the Parks Replacement Bond provided funds to renovate the park, Brian volunteered to be on the project advisory committee. He knew his old soccer pitch had great potential, and so did the community, one of Portland’s most diverse. The coming changes to Lynchview, Brian says, show PP&R’s commitment to East Portland neighborhoods. “This park will boost the pride of this community…” Read Brian’s story at

A family tradition at Lents Park

centers, and facilities throughout the city:

Restrooms, Other Urgent Repairs


Prevent closures; replace and repair restrooms, roofs, and other failing structures throughout the system

Remove access barriers in parks throughout city; a 2014 report found tens of thousands of ADA barriers across park system

Protecting Workers

Trails and Bridges

Improve safety, make critical upgrades, fix leaking roofs, update equipment at maintenance facilities

Preserve access to natural areas and open spaces by repairing trails and bridges

velopment Charges, grants, and partners for growth projects and other improvements. tion boundaries.

In its first year, the renovated Lents Park playground is already beloved by residents. Deana Tzantarmas grew up across from the playground, back when it was an allmetal affair. “I pogo-sticked here for the first time when I was four,” she says. Now she watches as her five-yearold Aliki plays at Lents. Aliki is a third generation Lents resident whose grandfather was Saki Tzantarmas, a longtime neighborhood booster and founder of the New Copper Penny, an iconic Lents nightclub and banquet hall. Deana looks around with satisfaction. “I’m so glad to be able to come and feel my child is safe while she’s playing. That’s a big thing…” Read Deana’s story at


Expected Completion


• = Project completed • = Project behind schedule • = Project on schedule



Permits and Contracting

21 done


Couch Park• Creston Park• Gabriel Park• Gilbert Primary Park• Glenhaven Park• Kenton Park• Lents Park• Lynchview Park• Miscellaneous Playground Drainage• Miscellaneous Playground Pieces• North Park Blocks• Ventura Park•

2019 2020 2020 2019 2019 2018 Done 2019 2019 2018 2018 Done

Trails and Bridges

Foley-Balmer Natural Area• Forest Park: Lower Macleay Trail• Forest Park: Maple Trail• Marshall Park• Springwater Corridor Bridge #48• Springwater Corridor Bridge #140•

2020 Done Done 2020 2019 2020

Grant Pool• Matt Dishman Pool & Spa• Peninsula Park Pool Feasibility Study• Peninsula Park Pool•

Done Done Done 2019


Protecting Workers

Mt. Tabor Yard• Delta Park Urban Forestry Yard•

2020 2020


Pioneer Courthouse Square•


East Portland Comm. Center• Mt. Tabor Park Handrails• MAC Cottages• Washington Park Rose Garden•

2020 2018 2019 Done

Argay Park Tennis Courts• Bloomington Park Restroom• Couch Park Loo• Colonel Summers Park Loo• Ed Benedict Park Restroom• Fernhill Park Water Supply• Glenwood Park Restroom• Lynchview Park Irrigation• Mary Rieke Soccer Field• Matt Dishman Community Center Electrical• Matt Dishman Community Center Roof• Montavilla Community Center Roof• Mt. Tabor Summit Restroom• MAC Seismic Study• MAC Seismic Repairs• MAC Cottages Study• Parklane Park Loo• Pier Park Restroom• Raymond Park Loo• Sellwood Park Kitchen Roof• Sellwood Pool Bathhouse Roof• St. Johns Community Center Roof• Ventura Park Loo• Wilkes Park Loo•

Done Done 2019 Done 2018 2018 Done 2019 Done 2019 2020 2019 Done Done 2019 Done Done 2019 2018 2019 Done 2018 Done Done


Restrooms, Other Urgent Repairs

Project Status

7 behind schedule 24 ahead of or on schedule

Lents Park playground, photo courtesy of PLACE

Washington Park Rose Garden accessibility improvements

Forest Park, Lower Macleay Trail Bridge

LOOKING FORWARD In the coming year, we will be working toward increasing accessibility and making critical repairs at Bond project sites throughout the City. To ensure that our outreach and communication strategies are effective, a community survey will be available from midAugust to September 2018 at We look forward to hearing from you!

To read the full Annual Report, visit Information in this report is accurate as of June 30, 2018

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