The North Clackamas Parks & Recreation District is a service district of Clackamas County dedicated to providing exceptional parks and recreation programs, facilities and services. Voters approved the formation of the District in 1990 to provide enhanced urban parks and recreation services in the northern urban portion of the county. The District serves nearly 116,000 residents and includes the cities of Happy Valley, Milwaukie, a small portion of Damascus, and a large area of unincorporated urban Clackamas County.
As a service District, the Board of County Commissioners serves as the District’s Board of Directors. A Board-appointed District Advisory Board (DAB) of District residents advises the NCPRD Board of Directors.
The District manages more than 38 parks, 25 natural areas, 15 miles of trails including the 6-mile Trolley Trail, Mount Talbert Nature Park and three facilities: The Hood View Sports Complex, the Milwaukie Center, and the North Clackamas Aquatic Park. NCPRD offers a wide range of recreation and educational offerings, from swimming lessons and art classes to special events, health/fitness classes, senior activities, and natural resource programs.
NCPRD has a dedicated tax base of $0.5382 per $1,000 of assessed value, which generates approximately $6 million annually. This is the lowest parks district tax rate among comparable districts in the state – here are comparisons: Tualatin Hills Parks & Recreation District, $1.31; Bend Metro Parks & Recreation District, $1.46: Willamalane Parks & Recreation (Springfield), $1.97.
The operating budget for the District for FY 14-15 is approximately $12.6 million, up 6 percent from the FY 13-14 budget of $12 million. For FY 14-15, NCPRD employs 34 Regular FTE positions and 44 seasonal FTE positions.
To ensure that we optimize the use of taxpayer dollars and continue to provide a high level of service to the citizens of the District, NCPRD management uses a continuous process improvement model in analyzing operations, staffing levels and capital assets.
Each year, the District is required to have an annual independent financial audit. The District prepares a Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) each year and submits it to the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) for the Certificate of achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting. The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management. The District was awarded the Certificate of achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting award for FY 12-13, the 20th consecutive year.
AUDITED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS: