Thanks to voter investments, the greater Portland metro area can enjoy a world-class regional Parks and Nature system with healthy habitats, clean water, more native wildlife and more opportunities for residents to explore nature.
Money from the 2006 natural areas bond measure and the 2013 parks and natural areas levy has helped build a portfolio of 17,000 acres of regional parks, trails and natural areas. These are the treasured places that residents in the region turn to for weekend hikes, family picnics and unforgettable memories.
Although spending from the 2006 bond measure is winding down, some money remains to acquire more special places, pay for locally significant projects and award one last round of Nature in Neighborhoods capital grants.
The next three years of the 2013 levy will build on successes in the first two years and the important work underway now. Native plants will flourish where invasive weeds once grew. More new parks will open while existing parks will see many upgrades. And there will be more opportunities for residents of all backgrounds to connect with nature through classes, events and volunteering.
More work remains. Stay tuned for next year’s annual report to learn about the exciting opportunities ahead.
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