Green Dreams
 Seeding Portland’s Next Parks Movement

Portland Center Stage at The Armory
6-7:30 pm, March 11, 18, and 25, 2019
Presented by Portland Parks Foundation
Tickets: $5-20 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
    Commissioner Nick Fish
    PP&R’s new director

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

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, interim Vice President for Global Diversity and Inclusion, Portland State University
    Zari Santner, former director of Portland Parks & Recreation

  • Washington Department of Transportation
    Julie Meredith, Program Administrator

  • Vanport Mosaic

  • + other Special Guests

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.

Host: Randy Gragg, Executive Director, Portland Parks Foundation

A veteran journalist and parks advocate, Gragg has presented public programs on Portland’s future of Portland 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.