The Grant Bowl
From: Hicks, Emily
Thank you for contacting Commissioner Fish regarding the Grant Park ball fields. He is in meetings all day and has asked me to respond on his behalf.
The current draft of the proposed MOU between Portland Public Schools (PPS), Portland Parks and Recreation (PP&R), and Friends of Grant Athletics (FGA) is intended to authorize FGA to move forward with their fundraising efforts. Originally, FGA was exploring various upgrades that went beyond what is outlined in the proposed MOU. The discussion with neighbors had a considerable impact on the scope of this proposal and now it does not include elements such as permanent seating, fencing, or event lighting.
Lisa Turpel contacted you because we would like GPNA's feedback on the draft MOU. Although we are not required to bring any MOU to City Council, Commissioner Fish intends to do so in the next couple of months and we will notify you of the date as soon as it is scheduled (at least 2 weeks in advance). You and others are encouraged to provide feedback then, as well as directly with Parks staff. This MOU does not approve the actual construction of any of these improvements - no construction will occur on PP&R property until PP&R's written approval has been provided.
In your e-mail, you mentioned the roundtable meeting that Commissioner Fish convened in February of 2009. This was the meeting that you attended on behalf of the Grant Park Neighborhood Association.
Last year, we received e-mails regarding artificial turf from you and other Grant Park neighbors who share these concerns. I've attached the letter that Commissioner Fish sent last year regarding this particular issue.
I have also attached a copy of the current draft of the proposed MOU. If you would like copies of any other correspondence, let me know. We invite you to continue the conversation, review the draft MOU, and discuss with the GPNA land use committee.
Commissioner Fish will not be able to re-schedule his evening to attend the GPNA meeting tomorrow night, but please feel free to call me if you have questions.
In the 'Hood
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