City Commissioner Amanda Fritz ends her five-plus year tenure as Commissioner-in-Charge of Parks by allocating additional funding towards eight much-anticipated Portland Parks & Recreation park and trail projects, some in conjunction with other government entities.
The Commissioner is adding funding at the following sites, with the intention of completing projects already in progress, to provide more equitable access to park spaces and meet all Portlanders’ needs:
- Columbia Children’s Arboretum
- Creston Park
- Errol Heights Park
- Footbridge over Burnside
- Gateway Green
- Marine Drive Path Project
- O’Bryant Square
- Parklane Park
“I have deeply appreciated being the Commissioner-in-Charge of Parks, and together we have had many great accomplishments over the last five years,” says Fritz. “Notably, we have allocated more than $70 million towards new parks and green spaces in East Portland, made crucial repairs and improvements at existing parks citywide – particularly with the $68 million voter-approved Fix Our Parks Bond, increased the Park Ranger team, and made significant strides towards equity and inclusion to better serve all Portlanders. It is an honor to invest in completion of these eight important park and trail projects, which will benefit Portlanders for generations.”
Fritz dedicated Parks System Development Charges (SDCs) toward these projects. SDCs are citywide construction impact fees which serve to increase needed infrastructure in Portland. SDCs are not General Fund tax dollars. Park SDCs are restricted by law and can only be used to expand capacity, rather than to maintain or repair existing park facilities. SDCs help promote that Portland's quality of life keeps pace with our growing and changing city by providing additional parks and recreation facilities needed to accommodate growth.