Shape $10M in trails funding
$10 million of the bond funds are dedicated to purchasing land from willing sellers to complete portions of the region’s network of walking and biking trails.
There are more potential projects than even $10 million can fund, so Metro has worked with community members over the past year to rank projects based on their needs and priorities. This community input is being used to create a prioritization tool that will help Metro make decisions about which trail projects to invest in with limited resources.
Now, Metro needs your help reviewing the prioritization tool to make sure it is accurately reflecting what community members asked for and what you know about the context around each potential project.
Review the tool
Ayuda a invertir $10M en fondos de senderos
Metro necesita su ayuda para invertir en futuros proyectos de senderos en la región. Revise la herramienta de priorización para asegurarse de que refleje lo que los miembros de la comunidad pidieron y lo que usted sabe sobre la región.
Aprenda más y revise la herramienta
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.
Regional trails engagement
Across greater Portland, a network of regional trails provide community members car-free routes to commute, bike, run and walk. Many of these trails have gaps where the trail is broken up or two or more trails don't easily connect, which means trail-goers have to use streets to complete their journeys. The 2019 parks and nature bond provides money to fill in these gaps by purchasing properties and right of ways from willing sellers.
In April 2021, the walking and biking trails team hosted two community meetings for Black, Indigenous, and people of color to share their concerns, priorities and values to inform how Metro will invest in future trail projects. Thanks to the support of community leaders and organizations, more than 100 people participated in the virtual events.
Participants shared their insights into what they want prioritized when we are buying new properties, things like safety, connections to work or access to nature. The team has incorporated the input from participants into the prioritization tool and has summarized highlights from the discussion into an engagement report. Metro hopes that this report supports the work of our partners and other agencies across the region as they consider future trail investments in their communities.
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.