Equity Statement

Friends of Pier Park is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that advocates for and enhances the 75-acre Pier Park in North Portland.

Friends of Pier Park Core Values:

  • Enhance Park safety and accessibility for all park users
  • Enhance and restore Park’s natural beauty and biodiversity
  • Enhance and restore Park play and recreational features
  • Build relationships with the Park community, including all age educational components
  • Advocate for the Park while working alongside Portland Parks and Recreation.

Equity Statement

Pier Park contains a special collection of park features, many of which are not found in other Portland parks. These include:

  • A skate park
  • World-renowned disc golf course
  • Grove of 70+-year-old sequoias
  • Swimming pool open seasonally
  • Playground and basketball court
  • Pickelball courts
  • Walking trails.

Our park users are diverse and are attracted from areas region-wide, for the enjoyment of these features.

Equity means many things in relation to Pier Park: access to all park features by all types of park users (beginners, experts, persons with disabilities, persons from the neighborhood, persons from across the region, of all ages, all races, and all socio-economic backgrounds). It’s the goal of Friends of Pier Park that all park users experience the same positive experience while visiting the park.

Friends of Pier Park also strives to have a Board of Directors that is equal and accessible to all park users. Positions on the Board are open to all members of the community regardless of age, race or socio-economic background. Meetings are also open to anyone and everyone, free of any form of discrimination. Whenever possible board members will attend PP&R board training sessions which includes diversity training.

Equity Goal

Below are goals that Friends of Pier Park focus on its help further racial equity goals set out by Portland Parks and Recreation in its five year Racial Equity Plan. Link to plan.

Enhance Pier Park safety and accessibility for all:

  • Include information in multiple languages where feasible, such as signage and postings
  • Collaborate with minority owned businesses in the community
  • Respond promptly to incident reports where one group may feel targeted or unsafe at
    the park
  • Address these issues at our meetings with PP&R

Enhance and restore Park play and recreational features:

  • Ensure park features are accessible to persons with disabilities, where feasible