Portlanders love our parks—and parks need our help.

The coronavirus pandemic, closure of community centers and pools, and cancellation of recreation activities have created a multi-million dollar deficit for Portland Parks & Recreation.

This measure—a five-year local option levy—is essential to restore these cuts, re-open community centers and pools, protect essential programs for families with lower incomes, and provide the recreation services we all count on.

Just at the moment when we need them most.


The levy would support fitness classes, arts, senior programs, youth programs, and environmental education, and help Parks reopen after COVID-related closures.


The levy will help protect the 8,000 acres of natural areas and 1.2 million trees surrounding Portland’s rivers, creeks and streams, to prevent pollution and ensure clean water.


The levy will reduce Parks’ reliance on fees, expanding recreation opportunities for communities of color, refugees and immigrants, and families experiencing poverty.