Parks Levy Oversight Committee application

Deadline for Applicants: 5pm on Thursday, March 25, 2021

Staff Liaison: Maija Spencer, [email protected], 503-823-5593

The Parks Levy Oversight Committee will meet quarterly to review the progress and annual proposed expenditures for the Portland Parks & Recreation levy passed by voters in November 2020. This 5-year operating levy will provide crucial funding for the City of Portland’s park and recreation system, including:

  • Opening public pools and community centers and offering classes and camps when public health conditions allow.
  • Centering equity in the delivery of its programs and services, ensuring that cost is no longer a barrier for Portlanders accessing community centers and public pools.
  • Improving access for all Portlanders by making our parks cleaner, safer, and more welcoming.
  • Grow nature by restoring natural areas, planting more trees, safeguarding clean water, protecting wildlife, diminishing the effects of climate change, and providing the appropriate care for the 1.2 million trees in our parks system.

Committee will advise Portland Parks & Recreation Director and program staff on:

  • Review of levy expenditures and outcomes and an independent audit
  • Report to City Council annually.

Time Commitment

  • Quarterly meetings will take place on weekday evenings on Zoom.
  • The anticipated time commitment is 5 hours quarterly.
    • Members are expected to prepare for meetings on their own time and will be provided meeting materials for review.
  • Committee Members will serve two-year terms, and may reapply but may not serve more than 4 consecutive years.
  • PP&R can provide interpreters who will translate the conversation in your language during the meeting.

Who Can Join

To be eligible for the Oversight Committee, members must live, play, worship, go to school, work or do business in the City of Portland.

Total number of advisory seats: 5

Number of seats available:  5

What We Look For

We want people from every part of Portland here to share their voice on this committee, especially people who have not been involved before. If you want to serve your community and to help government make better choices, then we want to see your application.

The attributes listed below are what will guide our selection process. We do not expect you to be or have everything listed.

  • You believe the government is better when the community is involved.
  • You are an advocate for racial equity: you want positive and long-lasting outcomes for racial and ethnic communities who have been left out before. You can bring discussion about racial and ethnic communities who need it the most.
  • You have a perspective on physically navigating the community with a disability.
  • You are available to attend all meetings and participate in the discussions.
  • You have experience overseeing, providing, or delivering parks and recreation services.
  • You have experience in the delivery of culturally specific services.
  • You have lived experience of using parks and recreation services.