City Wide Parks Team
Lovejoy Room-City Hall
1221 SW 4th Avenue
Portland, OR 97204
Meeting Notes
June 16, 2005 
7:00 - 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 are
a. Positive Youth Involvement
b. Availability and Inclusiveness for All Neighbors and Neighborhoods
c. Value Green Space Intrinsically.
d. Work to Build an Endowment Fund.

Methods include:
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.