Press Releases

Grand Opening of the Barbara Walker Crossing - October 27th

Portland Parks Foundation awards $7,500 in grants to innovative community groups

Start of construction for Barbara Walker Crossing over Burnside: parts of Wildwood Trail to close

Long-awaited Wildwood Trail footbridge over West Burnside breaks ground in early Spring

Portland Parks Foundation Welcomes New Executive Director Randy Gragg

Portland Timbers, Portland Thorns FC Invest $65,000 Thomas Cully Park

PPF Announces New Small Grants Program

Parke Diem 2016

Media Coverage

5 Things to do this weekend in Portland

8 Portland Events to Put You in the Fall Spirit

Parke Diem Aims to Spruce Up Portland's Natural Spaces

Chances to Do Good: Parke Diem

Parke Diem Coming Near

Parke Diem Returns

Bridge Over Burnside - Campaign to Fund Walking Span Halfway to Goal

Gift to Parks Used to Fund Micro-Grants

SE Examiner Mt. Tabor Events

Parks for New Portlanders Welcomes Immigrants and Refugees to Community

Portland Foundation Looks to Amp Portland Recreation Programs


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Building the Case for City Public Parks

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The American Planning Association has briefing papers here on all of the topics below and more.

Community Benefits

Do Beautiful Parks Strengthen Democracy? - Smithsonian

Economic Benefits

Economic Impact of Local Parks - National Recreation and Park Association

Economic Benefits of Open Space, Recreation Facilities and Walkable Community Design - Active Living Research

Measuring the Economic Value of a City Park System - Trust for Public Land

Educational Benefits

Math in the Garden - The Atlantic

Why Kids Need a Big Dose of Nature - U.S. News

Environmental benefits

Portland's Urban Forest Canopy - Portland Parks & Recreation

Green Infrastructure - originally printed in Renewable Resources Journal

Parks and Urban Heat Island - U.S. Forest Service

Health Benefits

8 Ways Parks Improve Your Health [Video] - Trust for Public Land

This is Your Brain on Nature - National Geographic

How Nature Can Make You Kinder, Happier and More Creative - Huffington Post

The Nature Cure - The Atlantic