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Parks & Recreation

Healthy Parks, Healthy Portland

Phone: 503-823-PLAY (7529)

Fax: 503-823-6007

1120 SW Fifth Ave., Suite 1302, Portland, OR 97204


  • Skidmore Fountain Located between SW Burnside & Ankeny, 1st & Naito Pkwy

  • Jamison Square Fountain Located at NW 11th & NW Johnson/Kearney

  • Shemanski Fountain Located on the South Park Blocks between SW Salmon & Main

  • Teachers Fountain Located in Director Park at the corner of SW Yamhill & Park Ave

Please note: All fountains are currently off for winter*. 
Fountains will be turned back on in March & April as the chance of freezing temperatures lessens. 
Thank you.

Rules to Follow When Visiting the Fountains

  • Look, but don't drink! The water flowing in decorative fountains is not for drinking. To conserve water, most of these fountains recycle water.
  • Be safe! Although people enjoy splashing around in the interactive fountains (Jamison Square, McCoy, Holladay Park, Salmon Street Springs), there are potential dangers for unattended children.
  • Please use caution at all fountains. Slippery surfaces, rapidly moving water, and pools of water require careful attention.


*Interactive fountains and splash pads are marked with an asterisk. Interactive means people can play in the fountain or water, and that the water is chlorinated to the level of a swimming pool. Be aware that while the fountain is cleaned and chlorinated, the water is not suitable for drinking.

Animals in Pools
Location: SW Yamhill & Morrison between 5th & 6th Ave

*Bill Naito Legacy Fountain - Interactive
Location: Waterfront Park near the Burnside Bridge
*Hours: The upper fountain is on.  The lower fountain is off for winter.
Shuts down automatically at 40 degrees F and turns back on at 45 degrees F.
The upper fountain is off when Saturday Market is open.

"The Car Wash" (officially untitled)
Location: SW 5th Ave & Ankeny

Wind gauge shuts the fountain off fairly often; must be very calm conditions.

*Caruthers Park Fountain
Location: Elizabeth Caruthers Park, 3508 SW Moody

Chimney Fountain
Location: North of SW Lincoln between 3rd & 4th Ave

*Dawson Park Fountain
Location: Dawson Park, N. Stanton & Williams

The Dreamer
Location: Pettygrove Park, SW 3rd Ave between Market & Harrison

Elk Fountain
Location: SW Main between 3rd & 4th Ave (between Chapman Square and Lownsdale Square)

*Holladay Park Fountain - Interactive
Location: Holladay Park, NE 11th & Multnomah

Horse Trough Fountain
Location: NW 31st & Thurman

Ira Keller Forecourt Fountain
Location: Keller Fountain Park, between SW 3rd & 4th Ave, Market & Clay

*Jamison Square Fountain - Interactive
Location: Jamison Square, between NW Kearney & Johnson, NW 10th & 11th Ave

"Kelly Fountain" (officially untitled)
Location: SW 6th Ave & Pine

Lovejoy Fountain
Location: Lovejoy Fountain Park, SW Mall between 3rd & 4th Ave

*McCoy Park Fountain - Interactive
Location: McCoy Park, N. Trenton & Newman Ave

Peninsula Park Rose Garden Fountain
Location: Peninsula Park Rose Garden, N. Albina & Ainsworth

Pioneer Courthouse Square Waterfall Fountain 
Location: SW Broadway between Yamhill & Morrison

The Rose Petal
Location: Stark Street Island Park, SE 106th Ave & Stark

*Salmon Street Springs - Interactive
Location: Waterfront Park, Naito Parkway at SW Salmon

Shemanski Fountain (Rebecca at the Well)
Location: On the South Park Blocks between SW Salmon & Main

Skidmore Fountain
Location: Between SW Burnside & Ankeny, 1st & Naito Pkwy

*Teachers Fountain - Interactive
Location: Director Park, SW Yamhill & Park Ave


  • Maintenance: The fountains are turned off during the cold weather months to prevent water from blowing or freezing on surfaces. This "down time" also provides an opportunity for maintenance and repair projects.
  • Efficiency: Most of Portland's decorative fountains recirculate water to minimize water use and run-off. Meters have been installed to gauge water use and electrical consumption.
  • Health & Safety: All of the fountains are cleaned regularly, and the interactive fountains are chlorinated to the level of a swimming pool.
  • Aesthetics: We work with the Regional Arts & Culture Council to maintain aesthetics at each fountain. Sculptures undergo restoration when needed, in order to present the art as originally intended.