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Measure 26-213 would prevent reductions to Portland parks services and recreation programs

A parks levy would restore parks services and expand access for low-income Portlanders.

PORTLAND, Ore. — Portland Parks & Recreation has long struggled financially. In 2019, the city had to make drastic cuts to the bureau’s budget after discovering a more than $6 million budget shortfall.

The pandemic has only worsened this dire financial situation with shuttered summer programs, community centers and swimming pools. The bureau now faces a $16 million deficit largely due to an over-reliance on recreation fees.

But Measure 26-213 aims to address the park’s reliance on user fees and fund recreation programs and park services through a levy on the Multnomah County ballot. 

The measure would prevent “ongoing reductions to park services and recreation programs, preserve and restore park and natural area health, and center equity and affordable access for all,” according to the measure filing.

RELATED: Voter Guide 2020: Measures on the ballot in Oregon

The parks levy is one of several tax measures on the ballot. If passed, it would enact a tax of $0.80 per $1,000 of assessed property value for five years beginning in 2021. 

The Portland City Council estimates that this levy will cost the average property owner about $13 per month, and would raise an average of $48 million each year for the five-year period. 

Rather than funding new projects, like the library bond and preschool-for-all measures, the park levy would largely help to preserve existing programs and services. It will keep facilities like Multnomah Arts Center open and ensure daily garbage and bathroom maintenance in Portland Parks.

RELATED: Measure 26-211 could increase Multnomah County library space by 50%

If the levy does not pass, Portland Parks & Recreation will struggle to restore recreation programs next summer and maintain parks, community centers and restrooms, according to Randy Gragg, executive director of Portland Parks Foundation.

“Although we haven’t been able to experience (park programs) because of the pandemic this year, next year we wouldn’t be able to experience them because of the (budget) deficit,” Gragg said.

In addition to maintaining existing services, funds could also help the parks bureau increase accessibility by canceling fees for low-income Portlanders. The bureau will use the funds to expand programs for people of color and children experiencing poverty.

If the measure is passed, park officials will conduct more community outreach to determine what services these groups need. A five-member community oversight committee will also be appointed by the Portland City Council to review levy expenditures and report annually to the council.

RELATED: Voter Guide 2020: Everything you need to know about voting in Oregon

Portlanders for Parks is the principal campaign in support of the measure. Supporters include organizations like the Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO), Sunrise Movement PDX and the Portland Business Association, along with both mayoral candidates — Mayor Ted Wheeler and challenger Sarah Iannarone. 

According to a recent DHM Research poll conducted on behalf of Oregon Public Broadcasting, the parks levy is in a strong position. That measure received 53%

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Virtual Recreation | Portland, ME

Virtual Recreation | Portland, ME






The Recreation Division prides itself on offering a vast array of recreation programs and clinics for preschool, youth, family, teens, adults, and senior adults. During the Covid-19 pandemic, the Recreation Team would like to bring Recreation to your home to make social distancing more fun and educational.

Please see below or visit our Facebook , Instagram  or YouTube accounts to join in on all of the fun! 

  • 2:30 PM Crafternoon
  • Baking, Exercises, Sing-A-Longs, and much more to do throughout the day
  • 7:00 PM StoryTime with Parks, Recreation & Facilities Staff
  • Outdoor Recreation in our open spaces with safe social distancing
  • 62+ News and helpful information

Crafternoon at 2:30 pm

Join us weekdays at 2:30 pm to learn a new fun, easy craft with supplies you can find around your house.


Music, Games and other ACTIVITIES for Anytime!

Join our recreation staff for daily fun and creative ways to spend your time.

STORY TIME at 7:00 pM

Join us Monday through Friday at 7 pm for a Book reading by our Recreation Staff.


Parks and trails in your NEIGHBORHOOD

90% of Portland residents live within a 10-minute walk to one of our open spaces. Find an open space or trail you can reach by foot or bicycle using this map.

Please note that Athletic Fields, Courts, Playgrounds, and Back Cove Trail parking lots are closed during this Emergency Stay at Home Order. While outdoor exercise is authorized by the Stay at Home emergency orders, it is recommended that you not drive far (or at all) to undertake such activities. 

Portland Trails-Peak Trail Usage

Portland Trails has been tracking trail usage. They have been seeing a lot of peak trail activity in the afternoons. (The exact time varies day-to-day.) Let’s spread out! Instead of an afternoon walk or bike ride, visit a local trail in the morning or evening, when the trails are much less busy. Check out updates from Portland Trails.

During this trying time, we have been sending out daily messages and activity suggestions to all senior adults on our mailing list. If you would like to be put on our mailing list for these daily messages or to receive our regular monthly mailing with all of the events and activities we offer, please call (207) 808 – 5445 or email [email protected]

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Portland State Campus Rec | Outdoor Program

Outdoor Trips | Equipment Rental | Climbing Center | Become a Trip Leader | FAQs

Decorative Text: "Portland State Outdoor Program - 1966-2016. 50 years of student-led adventure.

Since 1966, the Outdoor Program has been helping PSU students access and enjoy the outdoors. Whether you want a day of exploration and adventure or to learn a new outdoor skill, come join the ODP in exploring the wild side of Oregon.


505 SW Harrison Street 
Portland, Oregon 97201
(SW 5th and Harrison) 

Hours : Winter Term
M – F | 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Phone : 503.725.5668
Email : [email protected]

Upcoming Closures

  • The Rec Center facility is closed until further notice. This includes the Climbing Center, Outdoor Program office, and Equipment Rental Center.

Upcoming Events

All Campus Rec programs and events are canceled until further notice. 


Equipment Rental Center

Need gear to get outside? We’ve got it ready for you at prices you can afford.  Take advantage of your student fees and come down to the Outdoor Program Equipment Center and get just the right gear for your own adventure.

Camping and Backpacking | Climbing and Mountaineering | Skiing and Snowshoes | Raft Packages & Accessories | Kayak/SUP Packages & Accessories | Water Sports Clothing

ODP trip participants paddle in a boat.Visit the Rental Center page for upcoming gear rental specials, equipment rental price information, and our rental policies. 




Climbing Center

The Climbing Center wall is a Nicros traversing, bouldering and climbing wall. The wall is 32 feet high and bouldering is allowed up to 14 feet. The floor surface is a Surface America PlayBound Surface, which is made of 100% post-consumer recycled tire rubber. The Climbing Center is open for bouldering during all building hours. The use of ropes is allowed during staffed hours only.



A member climbs our climbing wall.Bouldering is climbing without ropes. We offer fourteen feet of bouldering along the entire length of our wall and the wall is open for bouldering during all open Rec Center hours.

In order to boulder:

  • See Member Services to watch the Climbing orientation video or watch it on YouTube.
  • Pass the climbing quiz, taken at Member Services
  • Use your PSU photo ID or government-issued ID to check out a climbing wristband and any other climbing gear from Equipment Checkout.
  • Return your wristband and gear to Equipment Checkout when you are finished climbing. Equipment rentals are FREE.

Every time you decide to climb:

Please check out a Bouldering wristband, available at the Equipment Checkout Window. Shoes are also available to check out for free.


Top-RopingA pair of hands tie a rope at the climbing wall.

Top-roping is a style in climbing which utilizes a harness and a rope as well as a climbing partner to manage the rope. While on a rope, climbers can reach the very top of our wall. Top-rope is only allowed during staffed hours.

How to top-rope?

We have many different classes to suit all skill levels. View our scheduled classes and activities.


Belay Class

Belaying is the act of managing the rope while a climber is climbing. Belaying is an essential component of safe climbing practices, and learning how to belay correctly opens many

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Portland State Campus Rec | Home

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The Rec Center is closed until further notice to help curb the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. All Campus Rec programs and events are cancelled. 

MEMBERSHIP: All Campus Rec memberships are suspended. Members will not be charged any late fees. Due to the timing of our closure, payroll deductions for March have been adjusted by PSU Human Resources to reflect the closure for 3/16 – 3/30. All payroll deductions for April have been paused through HR. No action is needed at this time. The university is evaluating the situation and more information will be communicated once a decision has been made.

LOCKER COLLECTION: Lockers will not expire or be cleaned out during the COVID-19 closure. Items left in lockers during the closure will remain secure at no charge. 

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Coronavirus Response

Portland State has developed a website for our collective response to the coronavirus. There are FAQs on the site that you might find helpful.

If you are concerned that you have been exposed or are showing symptoms of coronavirus, contact your healthcare provider or call the SHAC Nurse Line with coronavirus related questions or concerns at 503.725.2515 or the 24/7 Nurse Advice Line (after hours) at 844.224.3145.


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