This fall, the City of Portland and its partners launched an open space planning process. With help from Portland Trails and The Trust for Public Land, the City is engaging residents in developing a plan for Portland’s open spaces.
As part of the project, Portland Trails has been facilitating a series of public meetings (called “Community Conversations”) and focus groups. At these meetings, in addition to facilitating dialogue about residents’ open space needs and opportunities, the project team is administering a written survey to gather residents’ input on what the city’s open space priorities should be. The final meeting will take place in January at one of Portland’s public schools– a notice about that meeting’s date, time and location has yet to be released.
Anyone unable to attend that meeting in person is urged to spend a few minutes taking this on-line open space survey, available here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/PortlandOpenSpace.
The online survey includes questions on which parks are used, how they are used, and whether residents are willing to use bonds to expand parks and park services. Answers to these questions, and others, are intended to help the City determine where to grow, develop, protect, maintain and invest in open spaces.
The on-line survey will be open through the end of January. Residents are encouraged to share the link with personal and professional networks and neighbors in order to reach as many Portlanders as possible.
All input received during the Community Conversations and via the on-line survey will be used to help inform project prioritization. Over the winter and into early spring, The Trust for Public Land will manage the prioritization phase of the project.