Below are the preliminary plans, as presented to the Errol Heights Park Citizen Advisory Committee. Want to know more or ask about these plans? Come to the BDNA All-Committees meeting on Tuesday, August 21, 7:00-9:00PM, at the Brentwood-Darlington Community Center (7211 SE 62nd Ave, 97206) and talk to the Portland Parks and Recreation project staff in person! Portland Bureau of Transportation will also be present to discuss how their Errol Heights projects affect the park.
Join the Errol Heights Park Community Advisory Committee at their second meeting on Tuesday, June 26, 2018, 6:30-9:30PM at Smile Station in Sellwood.
At this meeting, landscape design consultants will use the expertise and knowledge of the committee to refine plans to compliment everyday use of the site. Additionally, the committee members will walk through a group exercise to explore site layout and types of park activities. Using mapped information and the Master Plan, the land scape design consultants will then develop design concept(s) to be reviewed by PP&R, the advisory committee members, and the general public at an upcoming open house in the fall.
From Portland Parks and Recreation:
The playground at Harney Park, SE 67th Avenue and Harney Street, will be closed for use this Friday, May 11, for geotechnical work. This work will inform the design work for drainage improvements at this playground. Construction for these improvements will occur in summer – fall 2019. The nearest playground for use during this closure is Flavel Park at SE 75th Avenue and Flavel Street.
More info at: portlandoregon.gov/parks/76593.
If you attended our April 5, 2018 meeting, then you’ve already seen the excellent concepts for the Hazeltine Park Nature Patch. Eric Rosewall of Portland Parks and Recreation presented two concepts for consideration. View those concepts below and then CLICK HERE TO VOTE. This poll will remain open through April 20, 2018.
What’s going on with Errol Heights Park? Portland Parks and Recreation has provided a multi-page FAQ to tell you just that. View or download it by clicking here.
The Frequently Asked Questions contains information about the park design process from Portland Parks & Recreation, and the street improvement project from the Portland Bureau of Transportation. This resource provides answers to these key questions:
- What improvements are planned for Errol Heights Park? How will the community be engaged in the process to shape improvements?
- Will the new park have a community garden?
- Does SE Tenino Court need to connect to SE Tenino Drive? Isn’t it better to remove this section of SE Tenino Court, and use the land for park space rather than a street?
- Why is Tenino Court being realigned to conflict with the existing community garden? Wouldn’t it be better to choose a new alignment that avoids the garden?
- What alignment options were considered for Tenino Court? What factors were assessed to make the decision on the realignment?
To learn more about the park and street improvement projects, visit:
Portland Parks & Recreation, Errol Heights Park Project www.portlandoregon.gov/parks/errolheights
Portland Bureau of Transportation, Errol Heights Street Improvement Project www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/75400
From Portland Parks Foundation:
Let City Council Know Your Thoughts on Parks Budget Cuts
- GET INFORMED. Learn more about the city’s Budget Process. Read through the CBO’s PPR&R Budget Review which includes a recommended 4%, or $2.1 million in reductions.
- SHOW UP. Over the next two months, City Council will hold a number of meetings to hear community concerns. This is an opportunity to show up in support of parks, and to testify about how these cuts will impact you and your neighborhood. Community Budget Forums are taking place in the next two weeks, which will inform the Mayor as he prepares to release his proposed budget April 30.
1001 SE 135th Avenue, 97233
6941 N Central Street, 97203
- GET OTHERS ENGAGED. City Council needs to know the impacts of the proposed PP&R budget on all of our communities. Share information about the Budget Processwith fellow parks advocates and get them engaged in the process.
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.
Several of you have asked why we are making cuts when the economy appears to be doing well. While we are in a period of economic growth, the CBO is forecasting a $1.5 million gap to the citywide Ongoing General Fund due to higher inflation, labor costs and PERS. In order to offset the $1.5 million ongoing deficit and create room for priority investments (including housing and public safety), the CBO recommends $5.0 million in ongoing reductions citywide. A net reduction of $2.1 million from the PP&R budget will make up almost half of the recommended General Fund reductions. We are disappointed that the CBO review shows PP&R taking this level of General Fund reduction. If taken, these reductions would impact almost every segment of our organization.
Our Requested Budget was strongly grounded in the Values developed and adopted by successive BAC’s. After years of refinement, the Values reflect our commitment to equity, safety, strategic thinking, partnerships, maintenance, core programming and volunteerism. A $2.1 million reduction to our budget would severely limit our ability to deliver core programs and services.
The Budget Process—NEXT STEPS
On Friday, March 16, PP&R participated in a work session with City Council where PP&R presented the impacts of the reductions on our work and our proposed Add Packages. In the coming months, the following steps will take place:
- April 3 and 17, Community Budget Forums—There are several community budget forums where you, as Portlanders, can give direct budget feedback to City Council
David Douglas High School
1001 SE 135th Avenue, 97233– April 17, 2018, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Roosevelt High School
6941 N Central Street, 97203
- April 30, Release of the Mayor’s Proposed Budget—Mayor Wheeler will use the information provided by the CBO, PP&R staff, and the public to develop the Mayor’s Proposed Budget.
- Finalizing an Adopted Budget—City Council will then deliberate, a Budget Committee hearing will be held on May 10, and Council expects to continue to hear testimony from you, the community, and then they will approve the City Budget on May 16, 2018.
Council Chambers, Portland City Hall
1221 SW 4th Avenue, Portland, OR 97204– May 16, 2018, 2:00pm, Council Action to approve City Budget, testimony heard
Council Chambers, Portland City Hall
1221 SW 4th Avenue, Portland, OR 97204
- Portland Parks & Recreation FY 2018-19
- City Budget Office Recommendations
- Portland Parks & Recreation Budget Work Session (PP&R presentation begins at1:05:50)
I know that the budget process can be difficult, especially with the possible reductions that are on the table for discussion. Several of these are programs and sites for which you, as our Parks community, care deeply and already work hard to partner with us on.
If you have questions regarding the budget or the budget process, please let your liaison know or reach out to Elizabeth Kennedy-Wong at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for your time and interest in our parks system,