East Multnomah County is home to many of the regions best parks and open spaces.
Could these parks be even better?
If we had more recreational opportunities, more trails, and more robust sports programs, could our community become a part of the state's billion-dollar tourism industry?
Would funding be stabilized if East County cities combined economic forces?
The Springwater Parks and Community District is a group of citizens who want to explore those possibilities. We are dedicated to securing a feasibility study on whether a joint parks and recreation effort makes sense.
The study, much like a business plan, could cost as much as $40,000 and would provide concrete data to determine the best course for East Multnomah County.
Don’t you want to know whether services can be enhanced, provided more economically, or if we can do more working together?
We don’t want a new layer of bureaucracy. We want services provided with the best value for taxpayers.
That’s impossible to determine without a feasibility study.
Lottery dollars through the State Parks and Recreation Department can help pay for a study. A municipal government — like Gresham, Troutdale, Fairview or Wood Village — just has to apply for a grant to cover it.
Our growing community can’t afford not to explore the options for greater economic growth or for our health and quality of life.