Today Metro manages and cares for more than 16,000 acres of land on behalf of the region – more than a third of all the public parks and natural areas. Since 1995, voters have approved two bond measures to allow Metro to acquire these natural areas that help protect water quality, wildlife and outdoor recreation opportunities.
By law, Metro is prohibited from using the existing voter-approved bonds for ongoing preservation and maintenance. With the future of these special places in mind, the Metro Council is considering the best way to care for our region’s parks and natural areas.
This summer, a 15-member independent advisory panel recommended that the Metro Council take the first step in a long-term plan by referring a five-year local option levy to voters.