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The Portland Parks Foundation mobilizes financial and popular support to ensure a thriving and accessible parks system for a healthy Portland.
Through our public outreach programs, we raise awareness to ensure that public funding continues to keep our park system among the best in America. We work hand-in-hand with Portland Parks & Recreation to create a community of donors to deliver private dollars in three aspects of our urban parks: the land, the amenities, and the people. We also work directly with parks friends groups to help them achieve their fundraising goals.
Building collaborations that strengthen Portland's parks and neighborhoods, the Foundation has worked with donors to: resurface 96 outdoor basketball courts citywide with recycled athletic shoes Create Holly Farm Park, a park in a low-income, multicultural neighborhood where 1,000 kids had no place to play Place six bouldering walls in community centers throughout Portland Equip parks with access for people who experience disabilities Portland Parks Foundation has helped to bring a number of capital projects to fruition.
Projects include: Raising more than $800,000 toward the completion of the Bill Naito Legacy Fountain at Waterfront Park Facilitating the completion of a shelter that sheds rain and recycles water, Rainwater Pavilion at Tanner Springs Park Raising $2 million for Simon and Helen Director Park, providing a new gathering place in the heart of Portland's downtown cultural blocks.
Programs that serve at-risk children are central to the Foundation's work. Since 2003, more than $1 million in grants have been provided to Portland Parks & Recreation, specifically reaching out to Portland's unserved children. The Foundation has been able to raise more than $10.5 million over the past eleven years by recruiting and nurturing an exceptionally strong staff, Board of Directors, and Leadership Council. This team has built close relationships with generous Portlanders who are passionate about parks and want to give something back to their community.