Rubio Directs $15.5 Million in Development Fees to a New Skatepark and Other Greenspaces

Portland Parks Commissioner Carmen Rubio this week approved plans to use $15.5 million in one-time fees to build a skatepark, a playground, and a community garden, and to make improvements to Kelley…

Rubio Directs $15.5 Million in Development Fees to a New Skatepark and Other Greenspaces

Carmen Rubio, Portland Parks Commissioner, approved this week plans to use $15.5million in one-time fee to build a skatepark and a playground. Also, to improve Kelley Point Park Park and create a master plan for a natural area near Columbia Slough. The money comes from system development fees, which are one-time fees that are assessed on new developments that add greenspaces to accommodate new homes and commercial buildings. SDCs are required to be used for improving the park system. This funding will be used to fund the city's 2023-24 financial year which starts July 1, 2023. 'I have directed development fees to help pay for these projects based upon careful evaluations and input from Portland Parks & Recreation, and the public. Equity is at the forefront. Rubio's office stated that the new skatepark will be built in Southeast Portland to fill a service gap. Yes, there is a service gap. The service gap is indeed. There is a spring that feeds the Columbia Slough, the only stream that flows freely in the city.