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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


PP&R is turning on our interactive fountains for the season! 
ALL fountains citywide will be up and running by Memorial Day weekend, and many by May 1.

Rules to When Visiting 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 on 24 hours/day except for Friday mornings from 3:00-11:00am
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)
SW 5th Avenue and Ankeny Street
Electrical system is unsafe and needs investment. PP&R currently seeking dollars to fix; fountain will remain off until fixed. Timeline to be determined.

*Caruthers Park Fountain
Elizabeth Caruthers Park, 3508 SW Moody Avenue

Chimney Fountain
North of SW Lincoln between 3rd and 4th Avenues

*Dawson Park Fountain
Dawson Park, N Stanton Avenue and Williams Street

The Dreamer
Pettygrove Park, SW 3rd Avenue between SW Market and Harrison Streets
Open now, 24 hours/day

Elk Fountain
SW Main between 3rd and 4th Avenues (between Chapman Square and Lownsdale Square)

*Holladay Park Fountain - Interactive
Holladay Park, NE 11th Avenue and Multnomah Street

Horse Trough Fountain
NW 31st Avenue and Thurman Street

Ira Keller Forecourt Fountain
Keller Fountain Park, between SW 3rd and 4th Avenues, and SW Market and Clay Streets
Open now, 24 hours/day

*Jamison Square Fountain - Interactive
Jamison Square, between NW Kearney and Johnson, and NW 10th and 11th Avenues

"Kelly Fountain" (officially untitled)
SW 6th Avenue and Pine Street

Lovejoy Fountain
Lovejoy Fountain Park, SW Mall between 3rd and 4th Avenues

*McCoy Park Fountain - Interactive
McCoy Park, N Trenton Street and Newman Avenue

Peninsula Park Rose Garden Fountain
Peninsula Park Rose Garden, N Albina Avenue and Ainsworth Street

Pioneer Courthouse Square Waterfall Fountain 
SW Broadway between Yamhill and Morrison Streets

The Rose Petal
Stark Street Island Park, SE 106th Avenue and Stark Street

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

Shemanski Fountain (Rebecca at the Well)
South Park Blocks, between SW Salmon and Main Streets

Skidmore Fountain
Between SW Burnside and Ankeny, and SW 1st Avenue and Naito Parkway

*Teachers Fountain - Interactive
Director Park, SW Yamhill and Park Avenue
Open Daily, 8:00am-10:00pm

  • 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.