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Asset Disposition Policy - Citywide Parks Team, 11/20/08

Portland Citywide Parks Team Meeting

Thursday, November 20, 2008 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Portland Building, Forest Park Room, 13th Floor 1120 SW 5th Ave, Portland

Topic: Draft Asset Disposition Policy Guest: Brett Horner, Manager Strategic Planning Projects Portland Parks & Recreation

One of the issues identified as a result of conversations regarding Mt. Tabor Park was the realization that Portland Parks & Recreation lacked a formal policy to guide the disposition of parks assets. Disposition of assets is part of the bureau's larger "Asset Management Strategy".

The basic premise of asset management is that assets exist to provide services. Management of those assets involves acquiring, developing and maintaining assets to provide those services and, on occasion, disposing of assets that are surplus to bureau needs. The bureau's draft asset disposition policy provides the means to address issues and concerns around the disposal of assets. A draft of this policy will be discussed at the next City Wide Parks Team meeting.

Eileen Argentina, Park Services Manager, will also be at the meeting to talk about the preferred concept for the Mt Tabor Park Master Plan, which is being updated to include the Mt Tabor Central Maintenance Yard, Nursery and Long Block.

As in past years, there will be no meeting in December. Zari Santner will be our guest at the January meeting to talk with us about a wide range of topics.

The Portland Citywide Parks Team is an ad hoc citizens group, formed in February 2005. Monthly meetings provide a forum for information-sharing and an exchange of ideas -- and for respectful discourse on park issues and policies. There are also opportunities to network with others who are working and volunteering to make Portland's parks even better than they are today. It's citizen-initiated, citizen-led, citizen-owned, and intended for all Portlanders who care about getting things done in and for parks in Portland.

The Citywide Parks Team meetings are open to anyone. The group doesn't have designated members or a formal committee structure. Interested individuals are encouraged to drop in whenever they can. It's a self-selected, ever-changing group that meets monthly, from 7:00 to 8:30 pm on the third Thursday, in the Forest Park Conference Room at the Portland Building. Attendance has ranges from 5 to 40+ people, depending on the topic.

Sign up for the group's e-mail listserv by sending a blank email message to: [email protected]

-- Linda

Linda Robinson, Chair Citywide Parks Team 503-261-9566 [email protected]