Apply today to help shape Metro’s next parks and nature bond measure

f you have experience, insight and passion, your voice could play an important role in the future of greater Portland’s unique regional parks and nature system.

Apply by July 9 to join a stakeholder committee that will develop the framework for a potential 2019 bond measure to continue protecting clean water, restoring fish and wildlife habitat, and connecting people with nature close to home. Metro is committed to making sure our whole community benefits from investments in parks and nature.

Reflecting on community and partner input, the committee will make recommendations to Metro staff and the Chief Operating Officer between now and June 2019. The goal? Determining how a potential bond measure should invest in regional land acquisition, park improvements and restoration, and local parks and nature projects. You can learn more here about previous voter investments in Metro’s parks and nature system.

What would I be committing to?

  • Between July and August, participate in at least one tour of past Metro and local investments funded by previous bond measures
  • Participate in up to seven two-hour meetings (four between now and October 2018 and three between January-May 2019).
  • Prepare for meetings by reviewing materials in advance.
  • Represent your community, constituents or personal experiences, while also giving careful consideration to all points of view and seeking common ground.
  • Be aware that meetings will be open to the public and your comments may be recorded and shared by Metro, reporters or members of the public.
  • Be aware that by serving on this committee, your emails or written communications about committee work are subject to public records laws.

How will Metro select committee members?

After the July 9 application deadline, a group of Metro staff and community representatives will take approximately two weeks to select committee members. Collectively the members on the committee will have the experiences and expertise needed to shape the bond based on the following factors:

  •  All committee members demonstrate their understanding of Metro’s parks and nature mission.
  • All committee members demonstrate a commitment to removing barriers and reducing inequities for historically marginalized groups, particularly people of color.
  • As a whole, the committee will reflect the growing racial, ethnic and economic diversity of the region.

At least one member of the committee shall have significant demonstrated expertise in each of the following fields:

  • Local park and recreation management
  • Land and water conservation
  • Nature-focused recreation such as hiking, boating, fishing or off-road cycling
  • Business and real estate
  • Culturally specific community advocacy
  • Agriculture
  • Regional trails
  • Health impacts of nature and recreation

Resources available

A stipend of $800 will be available for meeting participation. A stipend is a nominal fee recognizing the contribution of a community leader to the committee based on their lived experience and knowledge of their community. Stipends can go to you directly or to your organization.

Additional resources will be offered to assist with transportation, child care, interpretation and ADA accommodations.

Ready to apply?

Fill out an application online by July 9 or contact Mary Rose Navarro with Metro’s parks and nature team at maryrose.navarro@oregonmetro.gov or 503-797-1781.