Kudos to Portland Parks & Recreation

After a long holiday break, the cogs and wheels of the city are moving again (although Portland Bureau of Transportation had very little rest in light of the winter weather conditions) and the new year at City Hall is getting off to a fast start, as it should considering all that is planned for 2011. But before transitioning into what’s on the horizon, it’s worth noting that the Bureau of Parks & Recreation (PP&R) has declared 2010 a “banner year.” Commissioner Nick Fish points out the success of the Summer Free For All project that provided over 80,000 nutritious lunches and a host of park activities to kids during the summer. PP&R helped open community gardens, hosted another line up of free concerts, and received stellar marks from Portland residents in the 20th annual Community survey. Perhaps the most exciting news, however, was being recognized by Travel & Leisure Magazine. Portland received top ranking for “Public Parks and Access to the Outdoors,” as well as “Quality of Life and Visitor’s Experience.” Hurray PP&R! Hurray Portland!

Weigh in on the Citywide Tree Project

Ladds Addition
Ladd's Addition

While on the subject of parks, the Citywide Tree Project Recommended Report will soon be published for City Council consideration and adoption. Council will hold a public hearing on the proposal Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2010, at 6 p.m. in City Council chambers, City Hall, 1221 SW 4th Avenue.

City Council launched the Citywide Tree Project in 2007 after hearing the concerns of residents about preserving neighborhood trees and making tree regulations more consistent. The Citywide Tree Project will establish a cohesive, consistent regulatory framework for trees in Portland to protect and enhance the urban forest and support the City’s environmental, social and economic sustainability goals. Following is an example of some of these goals:

  • Standardize and streamline Portland’s tree permit system, and create a simpler permit process for homeowners.
  • Improve standards for tree preservation and planting when development is proposed, without causing undue increases in permitting timelines or development costs.
  • Improve customer service with a new 24-hour tree hotline, single point of contact for public inquiries, community tree manual and an online tree permit tracking system.
  • Generate more than 100 acres of future tree canopy per year through improved tree preservation and planting requirements.

The Citywide Tree Project Recommended Report to City Council is posted at www.portlandonline.com/bps/treeproject. City Council invites you to share your views on the project at the meeting on February 2. You can also submit a written testimony to:

Council Clerk
1221 SW Fourth Avenue, Room 140
Portland, OR 97204

Or, fax your written testimony to 503.823.4571. Written testimony must be received by the time of the hearing and must include your name and address. If you have questions, call 503.823.7700.

Sullivan's Gulch Trail Project Seeking Advisory Committee

Proposed corridor for the Sullivan's Gulch Trail
Proposed corridor for the Sullivan's Gulch Trail

If your New Year’s resolution was to become more involved in your neighborhood or city, then consider applying for the Project Advisory Committee (PAC) on the Sullivan’s Gulch Trail Project. The planned 5-mile-long trail is a way to connect neighborhoods of East Portland with an auto-free bicycle and pedestrian path.

The role of the Advisory Committee includes:

  • Representing the project to constituents
  • Representing the perspectives of constituents to the project
  • Providing political/public support
  • Maximizing the vision of the design and adjacent community development opportunities

Representation is sought from a wide variety of interested audiences, including impacted property owners, neighborhood residents, members of the Asian and African American communities, pedestrian and bicycle advocates, among others.

The PAC will meet approximately 5-10 times between April 2011 and January 2012. In addition, there will be three community meetings that PAC must attend.

If you are interested, visit portlandparks.org and complete the application form. For more information or to sign-up to receive future updates on the PAC and on the Sullivan’s Gulch Trail Project, contact Sarah Coates Huggins at 503.823.3385 or Elizabeth Kennedy-Wong at 503.823.5113.

Applications will be accepted through January 21, 2011.