Green Dreams
 Seeding Portland’s Next Parks Movement 

Portland Center Stage at The Armory
6:30-8 pm, March 11, 18, and 25, 2019
Presented by Portland Parks Foundation
Single Tickets: $5-20 sliding scale (see below)
Event Series: $15-$60 sliding scale

New leadership is coming to Portland Parks & Recreation and Metro. PP&R is writing a parks plan for 2035. Metro’s third major green spaces bond will be on the November 2019 ballot. The Oregon Department of Transportation will spend $500 million in the Rose Quarter, some of it for new green spaces over I-5. Activists are greening the city in innovative new ways. City budgets are forcing new ways of serving the public. Everyone believes Portland needs a parks system worthy of the bigger city it is becoming . . .

The Portland Parks Foundation is gathering Portlanders for three evenings to launch a new parks movement!

The Programs

March 11

“State of the Union”

We’ll get personal and global with key parks leaders: What transformed them into parks advocates? What is their vision for our city and its parks and open spaces? What parks across the world inspire their vision for Portland?

Portland Parks & Recreation
PP&R Director Adena Long

Metro Regional Government
Council President Lynn Peterson
Parks and Nature Director Jon Blasher

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March 18

“Albina Vision + I-5 Rose Quarter: A $500-million Parks Opportunity”

The Oregon Department of Transportation is readying a $500-million redo of I-5 in the Rose Quarter, building bridges and “lidding” portions of the freeway to reconnect the neighborhood. Albina Vision, a group of citizen activists wants to honor the pre-highway history of Albina by reconceiving district to welcome African-American people and culture back with a 21st-century vibrancy. Can well-designed parks and open spaces merge these two futures?  

Albina Vision Trust
Rukaiyah Adams, CFO, Meyer Memorial Trust
Michael Alexander, past CEO of the Urban League of Portland

Washington Department of Transportation
Julie Meredith, Program Administrator

Vanport Mosaic + Other Special Guests

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March 25

City of Gardens: What is the Portland We Want to Grow?        

A fast-paced evening of leaders and creative thinkers imagining ways to grow the city’s health, culture, play, and beauty through new parks and old ones.

Subjects will include:

  • Judy BlueHorse Skelton: Conjuring the indigenous landscape

  • A preview of National Public Gardens Conference coming to Portland in 2020 and projects Portland can take on to show the country our best face

  • Japanese, Chinese and . . . ? What can Portland’s next culturally specific garden be?

  • DePave’s Paradise: a faster, cheaper recipe for parks

  • Bandana Shrestha + Radical Brand Labs: A new vision for elders’ parks

  • Warren Jimenez: The Intertwine’s next horizons

  • And more . .

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Randy Gragg, Executive Director, Portland Parks Foundation

A veteran journalist and parks advocate, Gragg has presented public programs on Portland’s future since 2008, from the “Bright Lights” series at Jimmy Mak’s Jazz Club to “One City: Many Futures,” a sold-out, three-night 2018 Armory series in 2018 that presented more than 30 leaders’ and activists’ visions for Portland future. In January, he became ED of the Foundation.

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