Metro wants to hear from you
Upcoming opportunities to learn about and weigh in on the 2019 parks and nature bond.
Help shape Metro's parks and natural areas
The Metro Council is considering a potential renewal of a local-option levy that pays for the maintenance and operations of parks and natural areas across greater Portland. Metro wants to hear about what you value in parks and natural areas, and what would create safe and welcoming destinations. We especially want to learn about how things have changed for our communities during the last year and a half and the COVID pandemic.
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Open houses for trails
Metro is hosting two virtual open houses to share information and gather input on potential investments in regional trails from the 2019 parks and nature bond measure. You’re invited! Metro staff will present draft results of a technical analysis that will be used prioritize which trail projects to invest in with limited resources. We want your input. Both sessions will cover the same information.
When voters approved the 2019 parks and nature bond, they called on Metro to meaningfully engage communities of color, Indigenous communities, people with low income and other historically marginalized groups. And then prioritize the projects and needs they identify.
Metro is committed to keeping this promise.
What is meaningful community engagement?
Meaningful engagement is providing community members who will be affected by a program or project opportunities to influence how they run and what they create.
Metro works towards this by creating events and spaces for Black, Indigenous and people of color, people with low income and other historically marginalized groups to share their values and priorities. Throughout the region’s history, these groups have been denied opportunities to influence the policies, programs and projects that affect their communities.
Meaningful engagement means community members see the fruits of their insights at Metro’s parks and natural areas and in their communities. Metro will report back to community members, telling them how their input changed a project. And when Metro can’t or chooses not to act on what it hears from community members, Metro will explain that, too.
And meaningful community engagement is asking community members to share their experience and expertise on the topics and questions they can truly influence and at the times when their input will have the most impact.
Every bond program and project is constrained by things like budget, time, rules and regulations, engineering needs, and Metro’s role in the region. Sharing these limitations openly and honestly allows community members to provide the best insights into a project. During community engagement, Metro staff will do their best to share these limitations and be open to questions about them.