We are extremely grateful to every Portland citizen who voted YES on Question 1. An enormous thank you to the many, many volunteers and activists who stepped up to protect Portland's parks. In the end, we prevailed because Portlanders want a voice in the future of our precious parks. We know that our parks provide social, economic and environmental benefits to residents and tourists alike. And we love them. We hope that City Hall has finally heard us loud and clear. We look forward to continuing the conversation about Portland's parks and open spaces and working together to make Congress Square Park and all our parks truly exceptional.
Nan Cumming Endorses a YES vote on Tuesday. "During my years as a leader in the parks and trails movement in Portland, I learned how much the City's parks contribute to our quality of life--and the kind of strong, permanent protections they need. The Yes on 1 park protections were drafted by an expert land conservation attorney whose work I respect. Public space is precious and the citizens of Portland deserve the right to vote before any public park is sold. Please join me in voting YES on June 10th." The Voter Brigade Endorses YES on 1. "Voting YES institutes a more open and transparent process for the development of all public spaces, and assures that as Portland undergoes greater pressure to build, the public has a greater say over what happens to our public spaces." Before the City sells our parks, don't we deserve the right to vote on it? The Parks Initiative is a citizens' initiative to strengthen the protections on 60 vital public spaces in Portland's park system. 'YES' on 1 gives you the right to vote before the City can sell any park. Our city parks and open spaces provide social, economic and environmental benefits that strengthen Portland and add to its vitality, creating a more vibrant place to live, work and visit.