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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

Frequently Asked Questions

Don’t I already pay for parking in Washington Park if I go to the Oregon Zoo, World Forestry Center or Portland Children's Museum?

Yes. Parking fees have been charged at the Zoo since January of 2005. Under the prior, pay-at-the-gate honor system, non-members of the Oregon Zoo, World Forestry Center, and Portland Children's Museum paid a flat daily rate of $4 to park in the south parking lot. The new Pay to Park system requires all visitors, members and non-members alike, to pay for parking at pay stations in Washington Park. This makes the parking system universal for all visitors and will help alleviate the parking and transportation-related problems described above.

Parking rates vary seasonally (read more below on rates and timing) and in conjunction with the recommendations of the Transportation Management Association. Many trailheads maintain free parking. Click here for a map of Washington Park paid parking locations.

What about RVs (recreational vehicles)? Do they have to pay to park?

Yes, all vehicles, including RVs, must pay to park. It has been, and remains, difficult to navigate and park RVs in Washington Park due to their large size and the park's topography. RVs are not permitted in areas marked by sign as restricted to oversize vehicles. Please visit for more information and maps on parking locations.

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