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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

Fountains in Parks

  • Skidmore Fountain is Portland's oldest piece of public art

    Located between SW Burnside & Ankeny, 1st & Naito Pkwy

  • Jamison Square Fountain is a popular place to cool off on summer days

    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.

FOUNTAIN LOCATIONS & HOURS

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 the Saturday Market is on site

“The Car Wash” (officially untitled)
Location: SW 5th Ave & Ankeny
Hours: 8:00 AM-10:00 PM during spring/summer/fall (Currently off for the season)
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 (Currently off for the season)

Chimney Fountain
Location: North of SW Lincoln between 3rd & 4th Ave
Hours: (Currently off for the season)

The Dreamer
Location: Pettygrove Park, SW 3rd Ave between Market & Harrison
Hours: On all day during spring/summer/fall (Currently off for the season)

Elk Fountain
Location: SW Main between 3rd & 4th Ave (between Chapman Square and Lownsdale Square)
Hours: On all day during spring/summer/fall (Currently off for the season)

Holladay Park Fountain - Interactive
Location: Holladay Park, NE 11th & Multnomah
Hours: 9:00 AM-10:00 PM during spring/summer/fall (Currently off for the season)

Horse Trough Fountain

Location: NW 31st & Thurman
Hours: On all day during spring/summer/fall (Currently off for the season)

Ira Keller Forecourt Fountain -
Interactive
Location: Keller Fountain Park, between SW 3rd & 4th Ave, Market & Clay
Hours: On all day during spring/summer/fall (Currently off for the season)

Jamison Square Fountain -
Interactive
Location: Jamison Square, between NW Kearney & Johnson, NW 10th & 11th Ave
Hours: 8:00 AM-10:00 PM during spring/summer/fall (Currently off for the season)

“Kelly Fountain” (officially untitled)
Location: SW 6th Ave & Pine
Hours: 8:00-10:00 PM during spring/summer/fall (Currently off for the season)

Lovejoy Fountain 
Location: Lovejoy Fountain Park, SW Mall between 3rd & 4th Ave
Hours: 8:00 AM-9:00 PM during spring/summer/fall (Currently off for the season)

McCoy Fountain -
Interactive
Location: McCoy Park, N. Trenton & Newman Ave
Hours: 9:00 AM-10:00 PM during spring/summer/fall (Currently off for the season)

Pioneer Courthouse Square Waterfall Fountain 
Location: SW Broadway between Yamhill & Morrison
Hours: Waterfall feature is controlled seasonally by Pioneer Courthouse Square (Currently off for the season)

The Rose Petal 
Location: Stark Street Island Park, SE 106th Ave & Stark
Hours: 8:00 AM-8:00 PM during spring/summer/fall (Currently off for the season)

Salmon Street Springs -
Interactive
Location: Waterfront Park, Naito Parkway at SW Salmon
Hours: 6:00 AM-10:00 PM during spring/summer/fall (Currently off for the season)

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

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

Teachers Fountain - Interactive
Location: Director Park, SW Yamhill & Park Ave
Hours: Typically on 9:00 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.

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