See the proposed investment programs and what happens next for a potential 2019 Parks and Nature bond.
The Metro Council is scheduled to vote June 6 whether to send the proposal to voters.
Metro is inviting the community to help shape a potential parks and nature bond measure that voters could consider in November 2019.
A new bond measure would build on decades of voter investments that have allowed Metro to protect clean water, restore fish and wildlife habitat, and connect people with nature close to home. It would also advance Metro’s commitment to racial equity, making sure all people benefit from investments in parks and nature.
Shaped by community and partner input, a draft bond package would maintain current tax rates and raise $475 million to invest across six program areas:
Protect and restore land ($155 million)
Protect and connect greater Portland’s special places, especially river and stream banks, oak and prairie habitat and culturally significant sites, by purchasing land from willing sellers and restoring it to support plants, animals and people.
Take care of Metro parks ($98 million)
Provide safe, welcoming places to connect with nature by completing newer nature parks and maintaining water systems, trails, bathrooms and other amenities at older parks like Oxbow and Blue Lake.
Award community grants ($40 million)
Support innovative approaches to caring for nature and creating public access at the community scale by awarding Nature in Neighborhoods grants, with an emphasis on historically marginalized communities.
Support local projects ($92 million)
Distribute money to cities, counties and park providers across greater Portland to protect land, restore habitat, and build and care for parks that connect people to nature in local communities.
Create trails for walking and biking ($40 million)
Secure land to build new trails and construct missing sections, fulfilling greater Portland’s vision for a network of trails where people can relax, exercise and commute.
Advance large-scale community visions ($50 million)
Help deliver large-scale projects that uplift communities by leveraging nature to achieve benefits such as job opportunities, affordable housing and safe, reliable transportation.
How has the bond been developed?
Summer and fall 2018: Community and partner input on priorities and themes
Late 2018: Stakeholder table recommendations to Metro leaders
Early 2019: Metro Council proposed bond framework
Winter and spring 2019: Project lists shaped by community and stakeholder input
June 6, 2019: Metro Council decides whether to send bond to voters
November 2019: Voters could consider potential parks and nature bond
Guided by community needs and a commitment to advancing racial equity, a Stakeholder Table has advised Metro staff about a potential bond measure to protect and connect nature and people.
The table includes a diverse range of perspectives and experience. Members met from September 2018 through April 2019. See a roster below.