“Parks are more than
just fun and games.
parks build
community. They
connect people to
people, people to
neighborhoods and
people to land.”
— Charles Jordan

The Charles Jordan Circle

As part of its 15th Anniversary year, the Portland Parks Foundation created the Charles Jordan Circle. The Charles Jordan Circle comprises donors who share Charles’ vision for excellent parks and support the Foundation’s work with a gift of $1,000 or more annually.

Circle members will:
• Receive special campaign communications
• Be invited to events with parks leaders and creative thinkers
• Help PPF annually recognize those who positively impact the lives of Portlanders through parks and recreation.

Charles Jordan

The late Charles Jordan is recognized nationally as a public parks visionary and a lead architect of the contemporary Portland public parks system. In his roles as Parks Commissioner (1974-1982) and Director of the Bureau of Parks & Recreation (1989-2003), he created more than 40 parks.

In 2001, Charles Jordan oversaw the planning process to create Portland’s 2020 Vision for Parks. From that vision was born the Portland Parks Foundation, along with our mission to mobilize financial and public support for an excellent and accessible park system.

Charles Jordan’s legacy of leadership in Portland placed public parks at the center of our city’s identity and future development.