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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

Special Events and Project Updates

Great Willamette Cleanup Oct. 1st! 

PP&R Stewardship events at Kelley Point Park and Willamette Park on Sat. Oct 1st 2016 at 8:30am to 12pm.

The 8th Annual Great Willamette Clean Up is upon us!  We invite you to jump into this river-wide community day-of-action with us, together with our sponsors and partners.  
On Saturday, Ocober 1st, volunteers are invited to get their Riverkeepin' mojo moving by kayak, canoe, SUP board, raft, drift boat, motor boat, jet ski, bike, and by foot to free our river of trash and debris while improving habitat and community spirit along the way. 


Parke Diem 

Friday October 14th and Saturday October 15th- Citywide Volunteer event!

This October 14th & 15th, Portland Parks Foundation is hosting a citywide volunteer event. Help beautify and build up Portland's natural areas, neighborhood parks and community gardens. There is going to 50+ sites all over the city. This is a two day event with multiple opportunities happening both days. We hope you can join us!

Natural area events on Friday, October 14th:

Wilkes Park - Hoyt Arboretum - Rosemont Bluff - Kelly Butte - Oaks Crossing - Foster Floodplain

Natural area events on Saturday, October 15th:

Baltimore Woods - Columbia Children's Arboretum - Errol Heights - Forest Park - Gabriel Park - Hoyt Arboretum - Mt. Tabor - Rocky Butte Terwilliger Park - Whitaker Ponds


 PP&R's 13th Annual No Ivy Day - Saturday, October 29th 2016

Get out your favorite pair of gloves and join the legacy of invasive English Ivy removal in Portland!  Fight the ivy battle in your favorite park from 9am-12pm and then join other volunteers from around the city at celebration sites from 12:00pm-1:30pm. Free lunch and raffle prizes will be at the celebraion sites!

Project sites include:

Homewood Park - Forest Park - Nettle Creek - Boutwell Creek - Springwater Corridor - Marquam Park - Riverview Natural Area- Johnson Lake Park - Noble Woods Park - Hoyt Arboretum - Baltimore Woods

Please visit the No Ivy Day website to register for this event.


Youth Conservation Crew is back working in our natural areas!

The summer Youth Conservation Crew  (YCC) has started their summer work in our natural areas and parks! The No Ivy League and the Trails Crew will be working tirelessly removing English ivy and maintaining our trails. The Tree Crew maintains and cares for trees in Portland's developed parks, and the Teen Naturalist Team teaches young children about nature. The YCC crew members are 14-18 year olds who work 8 weeks during the summer gaining new job skills, restoration and trail maintenance skills, and learning about Portland Parks & Recreation’s natural areas and parks. If you see them working while you are out in our beautiful parks, please stop and say hi!


PP&R 2016 Eco-Blitz at Powell Butte was a huge success!

On May 21st Portland Parks & Recreation along with the Johnson Creek Watershed Council and the National Parks Department held an Eco-Blitz at Powell Butte Nature Park. This was an opportunity for community volunteers to participate in ecological surveys accompanied with a volunteer ID expert. There were surveys conducted on birds, butterflies, amphibians and mammals. There was over 130 volunteers that participated throughout the day. These volunteers were able to learn about species ID on their particular subjects and about all the bio-diversity at Powell Butte. Many teen mentoring groups came out to join in on the event including PP&R’s own GRUNT team, Project YESS, Oregon Zoo’s ZAP and BluePrint. During the amphibian surveys, an Oregon slender salamander was discovered. This is the first time this species, listed by ODFW as vulnerable, has been identified this far west in Oregon. The Powell Butte Eco-Blitz was a successful community science collaboration that helped increase the known ecological knowledge of the butte and provided educational opportunity for the community.


The 2015-2016 planting season was one for the books!

Thanks to all of our wonderful volunteers, PP&R's Stewardship Program had a very successful planting season. With a few planting events left this year, there is a total of 3,314 plants added to the Willamette River Watershed, 2,255 plants added to the Columbia Slough Watershed,10,457 plants added to the Johnson Creek Watershed, and 3,545 added on the west side. That gives us a total of 19,571 plants planted in Portland natural area parks by volunteers this season! We are so grateful to all our volunteers for your hardwork and dedication to keeping our parks healthy. 

Thank you to everyone who came out to volunteer with us!


Hooray for No Ivy Day 2015!

On October 24, PP&R’s Annual No Ivy Day was held at 20 different sites around the Greater Portland area. More than 300 volunteers participated in invasive plant removal. That translates to nearly 900 volunteer hours of labor to fight invasive species. 150 trees were cleared of ivy and more than 130,000 square feet (three acres), of ground ivy was removed. There were four separate celebration sites located throughout the city so many more of the volunteers were able to enjoy the free lunch and raffle after the work party. Director Mike Abbate worked alongside volunteers and spoke at the Springwater Corridor celebration site. Commissioner Amanda Fritz congratulated volunteers at the Marquam/Terwilliger Park celebration site. Thanks to our dedicated volunteers, partners and Friends groups, the day was a tremendous success.

No Ivy Day 2016 is right around the corner on October 29th! Check out the stewardship calendar for more information and for sign ups.


Oaks Bottom Tadpole Pond Project

By Laura Guderyahn

City Nature East recently completed a challenging project at Oaks Bottom / Tadpole Pond. Ecologist Laura Guderyahn helped develop and implement an innovative way for school groups to get closer to the Oaks Bottom pond without disturbing the habitat and the wildlife that live there. Tadpole Pond was created several years ago specifically as an education area for school and community groups to learn about water quality, wetland habitats, and the wildlife that live in them. However, with dozens of groups visiting the pond each year, the shoreline was getting trampled and the water was always muddy. To protect the pond and make the site more enjoyable for visitors, Parks Staff, staff flawlessly transported and placed 22 large boulders as a stone bridge across the pond, creating easy and safe access all the way across the wetland as well as along the shoreline. Now folks can keep their feet dry and the critters safe while learning about what makes this place special. Stop by Oaks Bottom and check it out!