The Portland Water Bureau owns a variety of sites across Portland to house essential water infrastructure such as water towers and pump stations. Often these sites contain significant amounts of unused land. Historically these sites have been fenced and unavailable to the public. In recent years, the Portland Water Bureau has pulled back the fences and opened many of these sites for use by the public. Picnic tables, community gardens, park benches, play equipment, and other amenities have replaced fenced off, mostly empty lots. Many of these sites occur in underserved neighborhoods where these types of benefits are desperately needed. They have increased park access, greened our city, given our children a safe and accessible place to play, built community and increased food security.
This measure would amend the Portland City Charter to more formally allow these types of secondary uses where appropriate on Water Bureau infrastructure sites and allow the Water Bureau to invest ratepayer funds to improve these sites for public use, to ensure that they are safe and compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
This common sense measure codifies a highly successful program and gives the Portland Water Bureau the ability to expand and improve the program, with public input and upon City Council approval. For decades, land surrounding water towers and other water infrastructure, sat unused and barren, behind tall fences in our neighborhoods. Today they are being converted to thriving community sites.
Please vote YES on the Portland HydroParks Ballot Measure to ensure that the Portland Water Bureau can use its infrastructure sites to increase community health, environmental health, food security and equity in our neighborhoods!
Trusted Conservation and Community Based Non-Profits
- Portland Audubon
- Urban Greenspace Institute
- Portland Harbor Community Coalition
- Human Access Project
- Willamette Riverkeeper
- Humane Society of the United States
- Access Recreation
- Columbia Riverkeeper
- Sierra Club, Oregon Chapter
- East Portland Parks Coalition
- Friends of Hazelwood Hydropark
Oregon League of Conservation Voters
Portland Parks Foundation
- Center for Biological Diversity
- Onward Oregon
- The Intertwine
- Gateway Area Business Association
Local Candidates and Elected Officials
- Portland City Commissioner – Amanda Fritz
- Metro (District 5) Candidate – Chris Smith