Portland begins parks review

Portland looking for more than $3 million in cuts for next budget
By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports.com
An overflow crowd attended a public budget review meeting Thursday.
Photo by Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports.com

PORTLAND - The annual process of cutting funds for Portland parks began Thursday as Portland Parks and Recreation Director Mike Abbaté addressed a crowd of more than 100 citizens who gathered in the Gateway neighborhood to learn more about where the money actually goes and what the most valuable things are.

"It's the start of our annual budget process," Abbaté said. "We have a group of five advisors who meet many times for about six months to develop our budget, but these public meetings are very important to that process."

Portland City Commissioner Amanda Fritz also spoke at the meeting, which lasted several hours, and included areas with translators in Vietnamese and Russian.

The PP&R budget of $62 million is looking at a five percent cut - just over $3. Attendees were given a 11x18 sheet with significant details on where the funds come from and are directed, split into three segments: Asset Management, Land Stewardship and Recreation.