Community members are invited to help shape a potential parks and nature bond measure the Metro Council is considering placing on the November ballot.
An online survey available April 15 to 30 allows community members to weigh in on their top priorities for potential investment.
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Learn more about the potential parks and nature bond measure, then weigh in by taking the survey.
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The bond measure under consideration would focus on racial equity and climate resiliency across six program areas: protecting and restoring land, taking care of Metro parks, awarding community grants, supporting local projects, creating trails for walking and biking and delivering on large-scale community visions. Councilors are considering a proposal that could raise $400 million to $450 million, which would not raise current tax rates.
“We want to make sure we give folks a chance to have their voices heard and that we’re putting together the best proposal possible for the region in terms of protecting clean water, restoring fish and wildlife habitat and connecting people with nature close to home,” said Jonathan Blasher, parks and nature director at Metro.
Voters approved Metro parks and natural areas bond measures in 1995 and 2006 as well as local-option levies in 2013 and 2016 to care for the land. The Metro Council is considering a potential third bond measure as spending from the 2006 bond measure winds down.
Metro councilors are expected to decide in late spring whether to refer a bond measure to voters.
The potential bond measure will also be shaped by input gathered from community members since last summer. A 30-member stakeholder table representing conservation, recreation, agricultural, nonprofit, business, local government, neighborhood association, Indigenous and culturally specific interests has met since last summer.
In March, focused engagement in partnership with community-based organizations gathered more in-depth input around three Metro destinations: the Glendoveer Nature Trail, Blue Lake Regional Park, and Oregon City, where Metro owns and operates Canemah Bluff Nature Park and is working on providing public access to Newell Creek Canyon and Willamette Falls.