Nominate a Parks Champion

Portland Parks Foundation’s (PPF) annual Parks Champion Award honors individuals who make outstanding contributions or provide significant service to a Portland park, community center, natural area, community garden, park-related program through volunteer service.

PPF will make a grant of $1,500 on the recommendation of the honoree to a community organization that aligns with PPF’s vision to help Portland communities create more equitable access to nature, play, health and places of connection.

Nominations are accepted through Thursday, March 31, midnight. The easiest way to make a nomination is to submit PPF’s online form. Nominations can be mailed or emailed.

Eligibility criteria include individuals who volunteer time for a public park, natural area, community garden or community center and those who volunteer for a park-related or recreation program. 

All ages are eligible to be nominated and past nominees are eligible to be nominated again. Eligibility details can be found with the application.

Past nominees have included volunteer basketball and soccer coaches, garden clubs, neighborhood trail cleaners, advocates for accessible playgrounds and park events organizers.

All nominees will be notified of their nomination and applications will be reviewed by community members. All nominees will be celebrated and the Parks Champion Award will be presented to the honoree at the Friends and Allies Summit in May.

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Nominate a Parks Champion

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