Wide Parks Team
SW 4th Avenue
- 8:40 PM
1. Consider moving
to the Rose Room for the September meeting (larger and better acoustics.
2. Begin a park-specific
listing of citizen experts to provide history, background and continuity
for present and future users.
3. Prepare a list of
the neighborhood and/or coalition park committees.
4. David Fuks, Chairman
of the Portland Parks Foundation, presented an outline of the organization
from its beginning 3 years ago, its mission and the projects to date.
|The Parks Foundation
is an advocacy and philanthropic organization that is 3 years old.
It is a private, not-for-profit corporation whose mission is to preserve
the legacy of Portland Parks as a system.
Their strategic goals
a. Positive Youth Involvement
b. Availability and Inclusiveness
for All Neighbors and Neighborhoods
c. Value Green Space Intrinsically.
d. Work to Build an Endowment
a. Scholarship for youth
activities. Over the last three years the Foundation has provided
approximately $500M in scholarships to youth for various parks activities.
b. Partner to increase availability
and inclusiveness such as working with Nike to resurface all of the basketball
court in Portland parks. The Foundation has also worked with neighbors
to purchase property and develop parks such as has been done with the Holly
Farm property in West Portland Park.
c. The foundation is also
a land-banking agency that will continue to work on acquisition now to
have land available for future parks/green-spaces.
d. Promote the Portland
parks system and the values it brings to the city.
5. Those present looked
at a proposed layout of the Holly Farm Park with its location near the
Capitol Hill Library. This development includes retaining some of
the holly trees and providing a small skate park. The citizen group
did not propose an off-leash dog area in recognition of those neighbors
who are members of the two Islamic mosques that are near by.
6. The July meeting
will be on the Portland Parks golf program and Pestide Free Parks.
7. The meeting in August
is to be a discussion of tree protection and preservation.