Portland Parks Faces a Potential Budget Reduction, Requests Community Input

Dear Friends and Partners,

When I last updated you in January 2018 on the City of Portland Budget Process, it was to share that we had just submitted the final Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) Requested Budget. In accordance with the Mayor’s budget direction, we submitted a proposed budget that identified reductions equaling approximately 5% of our ongoing General Fund Budget (approximately $3.27 million). Our Requested Budget closely mirrored the recommendations of the Parks Budget Advisory Committee (BAC).

City Budget Office Budget Review
After we submitted our Requested Budget, it was reviewed by the City Budget Office (CBO) whose job is to analyze and highlight the key budget and program performance issues that the CBO believes Council should consider during the budget process. Recently, the CBO released their review of our budget. In their Budget Review, the City Budget Office recommended to that Council take 4% of the reductions submitted by PP&R. This would amount to reducing the PP&R budget by $2.1 million. This level of cuts will significantly impact our programs. In addition to the ongoing General Fund reductions, the CBO also recommends an ongoing increase to our major maintenance funds and some one-time funding for campsite cleanups and capital projects.

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Mark Your Calendars For These Free Summer Events In Foster-Powell

Warmer weather is almost here, and so is Foster-Powell’s event season! This year we’ll be hosting a variety of family-friend events sponsored by the Foster-Powell Neighborhood Association.

Mark your calendars now and don’t miss these FREE summer events to meet your neighbors and have fun in our public spaces.

Interested in volunteering at an event this year? Helping hands are always welcome! Please get in touch.

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Make Your Mark: Get Involved in Your Neighborhood Association

Did you know that the Foster-Powell Neighborhood Association is an all-volunteer run organization?

Our volunteers are a group of neighbors and friends working together to organize fun community events, plan neighborhood meetings, track important issues, and get to know our neighbors at monthly community meetings.

Want to meet new friends and find out about issues affecting you and your neighbors?

Don’t get left out of the conversation.

Find a way to get involved!

Neighborhood Elections: May 2018

Each May, the Neighborhood Association holds elections for its all-volunteer board.

Some of our available positions are Treasurer, Land Use, Communications, and many more — including delegate positions to fit your passion (emergency preparedness, community garden, youth and family, and more!).

There’s no easier way to get to know your neighborhood than by volunteering on a committee or as a board member. (Foster-Powell residents need to attend just three meetings to be eligible to serve on the board.)

Put your ideas to work and pick up a few new skills along the way!

Want to learn more?

Contact us. We’d love to meet you!

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