Metro’s system of parks, trails, natural areas and cemeteries is the demonstration of a quarter century of commitment, action and investment by the region.
None of this would be possible without the support of voters for two natural areas bond measures and the 2013 parks and natural areas levy. Thanks to two decades of voter investments, Metro now manages 17,000 acres of parks, trails and natural areas across every community in the region. These are the places where endangered fish and wildlife are able to once again thrive, where family outings happen, where memories are made.
Spending from the 2006 natural areas bond measure is winding down, though money remains to acquire and protect more land and support locally significant projects.
The last two years of the 2013 levy, which is scheduled to expire in 2018, will build upon the successes in the first three years. More sites will be restored to their wilder, natural roots. Future nature parks planned for in the first few years of the levy will soon open to visitors. And popular parks will continue to see improvements with new facilities and more programming.
The work continues. Stay tuned for next year’s annual report to track how your tax dollars are spent to improve parks and nature throughout the region.
To learn more about voter funding and to read the latest report from an independent oversight committee for the 2006 bond
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