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Brooklyn Park Program Saved for This Year at Least!

From City Commissioner Nick Fish:

Dear Friends of the Summer Playground Program,

I am pleased to announce that all 23 playground sites have been saved for this summer.

The Mayor’s “back-to-basics” budget proposal dedicates $100,000 toward this vital program. We have raised additional public and private funds to make up the difference.

The Summer Playground Program includes 17 sites that also provide a free federally subsidized lunch for children. Six other sites with popular playground programs, such as Brooklyn and Laurelhurst Park, have also been restored.

I will continue to work with the Mayor to prioritize funding for programs that serve our most vulnerable residents and offer low-cost opportunities for children, families, and older adults to stay healthy and active in our community – especially during these tough times.

The City relies more than ever on our partners who volunteer their time and energy to make our city great. Whether you participate in a neighborhood association, volunteer with a friends group, or advocate for the things that matter most to you and your community – you are making a difference.

Thanks to everyone who joined with us in supporting the restoration of funding for the Summer Playground Program, including my dedicated team at Parks.


Commissioner Nick Fish | 1221 SW 4th Avenue, Room 240 | Portland, Oregon 97204
Also visit our website at www.portlandonline.com/fish, or give us a call at 503-823-3589.

2 Replies to “Brooklyn Park Program Saved for This Year at Least!”

  1. Daniel Gaard

    Thanks again to all who have helped save the Brooklyn Park Summer Program. All the emails phone calls and press coverage really made a difference. However although Brooklyn is saved for this year the Mayor is only restoring $100,000 back into the budget for future years and since to run the 23 programs cost nearly $250,000 this could mean that we will face this same battle again. In the past the remaining $150,000 has been donated by NIKE and donations to the Portland Parks Foundation. From my understanding you can make a program specific donation to Portland Parks Foundation. Please feel free to call or send us an Email with any questions and we will continue to post information down at the park.
    Thank you,
    Daniel Gaard, Jennifer Ming, Oliver Gaard
    503 867 4623

  2. Daniel Gaard

    I just wanted to leave a quick post and let everyone know that Oliver and I attended last nights budget hearing and were able to speak with Mayor Adams in person and thank him for his support and restoration of all the summer programs for 2010 especially our program here in Brooklyn. We were also able to ask a few questions in regards to the future of this program and what his budget means to us.
    I will be at the next BAC general meeting on Wed. 5/26 and Lance has asked me to speak in regards to all that has been done to save this program and what lies ahead. I hope to see all of you there and please feel free to call or email us.
    Thank you,
    Daniel Gaard, Jennifer Ming & Oliver Gaard
    503 867 4623

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