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Healthy Parks, Healthy Portland

Phone: 503-823-PLAY (7529)

Fax: 503-823-6007

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

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Park Ranger Program

PP&R's Park Rangers serve as goodwill ambassadors and provide a positive presence in Portland parks and park facilities. Rangers serve multiple roles by providing information, helping solve park user conflicts, and enforcing City Code such as dog leash/scoop laws, proper use of park permits, prohibitions against camping, alcohol consumption, and other park rules.

We like to say the rangers are the eyes and ears of our parks. Portland Park Rangers work closely with our maintenance crews and other PP&R staff such as those in Customer Service. They maintain relationships and contacts with the Portland Police Bureau and other criminal justice agencies, Multnomah County Animal Control, neighborhood associations, youth services providers, and other social service agencies to identify, prevent, and address concerns within parks.

Rangers are unarmed and non-sworn (law enforcement) officials who are given the authority under City Code to enforce park rules and issue park exclusions, if necessary. All Rangers are trained to assess a given situation and use verbal persuasion and problem solving skills to gain voluntary compliance. If warranted, they call police or other responders to address the park concern.

In 2012, PP&R expanded the Park Ranger program to provide service in the central business district/downtown area year-round during the day and early evening shifts. The Rangers maintain security in 16 downtown/central city parks and work closely with other partners such as the Portland Police Bureau, Multnomah County, the Office of Neighborhood Involvement, JOIN, and other social service providers to address needs and issues that arise in downtown parks.

Public Safety in Parks
Overall, Portland parks are very safe. Serious crimes against persons are relatively rare, but nuisance behavior, park user conflicts, and other livability issues do occur in our large, heavily used parks.

What do I do if I see a crime in a park?

  • If there is a crime in progress, if a serious threat or problem is developing, or if there is an emergency, PP&R staff and citizens should call Emergency 9-1-1.
  • For non-emergency park-related problems or special situations, call the Park Rangers at 503-823-1637.
  • For dog attacks or other serious situations involving animals, call Multnomah County Animal Control at 503-248-3790 or call Police Non-Emergency at 503-823-3333.
  • You can also report a park problem online at Park Scan: www.parkscanpdx.org
  • For park maintenance problems, call 503-823-1600.

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