Most people just hope parks will come into existence on their own. Parents and grandparents wish that playgrounds would pop up locally. Dog owners just make do with open space not really designated for dogs. Young people wish there were skate parks or nearby places to go. People of all ages want more nature parks, and want pocket parks within easy walking distance. But you can clearly see that over the years, just wishing hasn't remedied our park deficiencies.
You may feel you don't know what to do. Or how to do it. Time has demonstrated that it takes teaming up with others to bring about change. It requires gathering our collective priorities, observations and wisdom. It requires us to be engaged and informed.
At 7 p.m. on June 15 by Zoom, for those living in unincorporated NCPRD, we're getting together for our biggest town-hall meeting of the year. If those of you reading this op-ed right now attend on June 15, together you'll bump community involvement to the next level. We'll meet candidates and vote for four representatives for our District Advisory Committee (DAC) — the committee of 11 community volunteers who bring all residents' priorities and recommendations to NCPRD's Board of Directors. Working together, we'll find common ground and help make parks and rec decisions for the whole district.
Thanks to neighborhood advocacy, parks at the Concord property, the Justice property, New Urban High School and Jennings Lodge School are moving forward. Community participation made the difference! With ongoing resident support, they can become a reality!
Now's the perfect time to get involved. Newly established, or on the horizon:
• restored population-proportional representation for community oversight by your NCPRD DAC.
• restoration of a shared district-wide system development charge (SDC) funding model
• plans for community involvement in updating the 2004 Master-System Plan
• formation of four local unincorporated sub-area boards/forums
To find out about monthly DAC meetings, or which NCPRD sub-area you live in, visit ncprd.com/district-advisory-committee. To sign up for the meeting, go to clackamascounty.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYodeGhpzsoEtIIE_LWDzcONcxcaZ_s626r. To apply to be on the DAC, go to web3.clackamas.us/abc. DAC applications will be accepted until June 8.
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