Commissioner Carmen Rubio — who oversees the city's network of 247 leafy parks and recreation centers — has announced plans to spend roughly $27.9 million on further upgrades and new facilities.

The money, primarily pulled from the fees Portland tacks on to new development projects, will kickstart planning on a new swimming center in North Portland, help activate the grassy lawn of Mill Park, expand playgrounds, complete a skatepark and build a splash pad.