A source in the Portland parks bureau tells us that Robin Grimwade, the Australian guy who was brought in a few years back to raise money by commercializing the city's parks, is no longer with the bureau. "I'm sure he's disappointed not to have managed to get a McDonald's in one of our parks before his tenure was up," the source adds. "Poor fella."
Grimwade was recently identified as one of two new managers for the doomed greenway project in the SoWhat district. That fantasy is now scheduled to be completed by the turn of the century.
UPDATE, 4:49 p.m.: Here's the official announcement:
From: Santner, Zari
Sent: Tuesday, May 05, 2009 4:42 PM
To: Parks - Parks and Rec All
Yesterday, Robin Grimwade, the Senior Manager in charge of Strategic Planning and Business Development (SPBD), submitted his resignation, effective May 11, 2009. He will be on vacation the balance of this week.
In light of the financial challenges faced by the bureau, I have decided to eliminate this senior management position in order to retain a few direct services that would be lost as a result of the Mayor's Proposed Budget. Consequently, I have reassigned the units within the SPBD to other Senior Managers in the following manner:
The Property Management, System Development Charge, Business Development, and Grant Procurement programs will all be in the Director's Office portfolio, reporting to Fred Kowell, the Finance Manager.
The Strategic Planning, Asset Management, and Parks Planning will also be in Director's Office portfolio, reporting to Brett Horner, the Planning Supervisor.
The Design and Construction Unit, managed by Liz Moorhead, will become a Unit within the Parks and Recreation Services Department, managed by Eileen Argentina.
I am working on the reassignment of staff within the Marketing and Business Development Unit and hope to make a decision by next week.
Robin's tenure with the bureau was short, however, his contributions to the bureau will be long-lasting. Robin helped me, the Senior Managers, and his staff to understand the value of strategic thinking and planning for establishing a solid organizational foundation for a sustainable and enduring future. He recruited great staff to fill critical positions when opportunities arose and he remained steadfast in advancing the bureau's interests in the context of the city-wide planning and policy development.
I appreciated his counsel and his service to the bureau and the City.
Portland Parks & Recreation
(503) 823-6007 Fax
"Healthy Parks, Healthy Portland"
Our source adds: "I'm surprised Zari didn't mention his efforts to sell Mt. Tabor Yard off to Warner Pacific. Perhaps she's saving that to put on her own resume... one can only wish."