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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

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
Hours: On all day during spring/summer/fall

*Bill Naito Legacy Fountain - Interactive
Location: Waterfront Park near the Burnside Bridge
Hours: All hours, except Fridays from 3:00-11:00 AM
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
Currently off for repairs
Wind gauge shuts the fountain off fairly often; must be very calm conditions.

*Caruthers Park Fountain
Location: Elizabeth Caruthers Park, 3508 SW Moody
Hours: On all day during spring/summer/fall

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

*Dawson Park Fountain
Location: Dawson Park, N. Stanton & Williams
Hours: All day during spring/summer/fall (push-button activated)

The Dreamer
Location: Pettygrove Park, SW 3rd Ave between Market & Harrison
Hours: All day during spring/summer/fall

Elk Fountain
Location: SW Main between 3rd & 4th Ave (between Chapman Square and Lownsdale Square)
Hours: All day during spring/summer/fall

*Holladay Park Fountain - Interactive
Location: Holladay Park, NE 11th & Multnomah
Hours: 9:00 AM-10:00 PM during spring/summer/fall

Horse Trough Fountain
Location: NW 31st & Thurman
Hours: All day during spring/summer/fall

Ira Keller Forecourt Fountain
Location: Keller Fountain Park, between SW 3rd & 4th Ave, Market & Clay
Hours: Currently closed for repairs

*Jamison Square Fountain - Interactive
Location: Jamison Square, between NW Kearney & Johnson, NW 10th & 11th Ave
Hours: 9:00AM-9:00PM

"Kelly Fountain" (officially untitled)
Location: SW 6th Ave & Pine
Hours: 8:00-10:00 PM during spring/summer/fall

Lovejoy Fountain
Location: Lovejoy Fountain Park, SW Mall between 3rd & 4th Ave
Hours: 8:00 AM-9:00 PM during spring/summer/fall

*McCoy Park Fountain - Interactive
Location: McCoy Park, N. Trenton & Newman Ave
Hours: 9:00 AM-10:00 PM during spring/summer/fall

Peninsula Park Rose Garden Fountain
Location: Peninsula Park Rose Garden, N. Albina & Ainsworth
Hours: 5:00 AM-10:00 PM during spring/summer/fall

Pioneer Courthouse Square Waterfall Fountain 
Location: SW Broadway between Yamhill & Morrison
Hours: Waterfall feature is controlled seasonally by Pioneer Courthouse Square

The Rose Petal
Location: Stark Street Island Park, SE 106th Ave & Stark
Hours: 8:00 AM-8:00 PM during spring/summer/fall

*Salmon Street Springs - Interactive
Location: Waterfront Park, Naito Parkway at SW Salmon
Hours: 6:00 AM-10:00 PM during spring/summer/fall

Shemanski Fountain (Rebecca at the Well)
Location: On the South Park Blocks between SW Salmon & Main
Hours: All day during spring/summer/fall

Skidmore Fountain
Location: Between SW Burnside & Ankeny, 1st & Naito Pkwy
Hours: All day during spring/summer/fall

*Teachers Fountain - Interactive
Location: Director Park, SW Yamhill & Park Ave
Hours: Typically on 8:00 AM-10:00 PM
May be turned off during special events - see Director Park calendar

  • 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.