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Portland Parks & Recreation’s Washington Park Introduces New, Free Pay-by-Phone Parking App


Pay or add more parking time from inside any Washington Park attraction (or inside your car) using your phone or mobile device

(Portland, OR) –

Visitors enjoying Washington Park will soon be able to say goodbye to rushing back to the parking lot to feed the meter. Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) and the Washington Park Transportation Management Association (WPTMA) have partnered with mobile payment specialists, Passport, Inc. to offer a free, mobile parking payment service throughout all of Washington Park’s metered parking spaces. The new PassportParking app is an alternative to paying at the meter, comes at no cost for drivers to use, and will provide the convenience and ease of paying to park or adding more time from smart phones.  The application is free to download, and users will not be charged any fee to use the system.

What: Pay for parking in Washington Park with any mobile device. Avoid lines at pay stations.  Add time from anywhere in the park with cell service, including inside the park’s world-class attractions.

When: Right now!

Where: Washington Park. This new system is currently available to pay for parking at all sites throughout the park (wherever there is cell service).

How: Download the PassportParking app on iPhone or Android, or use the mobile website An interactive voice system is also available at 503-278-5748PassportParking is free to download and users will not be charged any fee to use the system.

Why: Convenience! Benefits for Washington Park Visitors include:

  • Skip the line at the pay station

The service lets you pay for parking right from your mobile phone! Pay for parking on the go or from the comfort of your own vehicle (wherever there is adequate cell service).

  • Extend parking sessions from anywhere in the park

There’s no need to return to a pay station, simply extend your parking session using the app, phone or text.

  • Receive reminders

Get a text message or an app notification before your parking session expires.

  • View or print parking receipts

Get receipts on your phone or desktop and keep track of all your parking payments by logging into your account at

  • Secure payment

PassportParking complies with the highest payment card industry standards when it comes to your data. All data is encrypted to ensure a safe and secure payment.

What else is new?

100% of paid parking revenue at Washington Park is going towards transportation and parking-related improvements in and around the park.  Current and near-future improvements include:

  • A new, free, intra-park shuttle beginning May 2, 2015 and lasting through Labor Day (and possibly longer depending on demand).  Get around the park without moving your car!
  • New paving on cracked and potholed park roads
  • New traffic and directional signs
  • A new crosswalk with flashing lights at a critical crossing by the Portland Children’s Museum
  • Freshly repainted parking space numbers
  • A new Washington Park website (coming in summer 2015)
  • TMA Customer Service staff to provide information to park visitors on park venues and the intra-park shuttle in peak season


“Making parking hassle-free is just one more way we’re working to create an amazing experience for visitors to Washington Park,” says Heather McCarey, Executive Director of the Washington Park Transportation Management Association.  “We’re thrilled to be partners with Passport to successfully implement Portland’s first pay-by-phone parking payment service.”

As an additional convenience to park visitors, the WPTMA will not pass along any transaction fee to users of the new service. This means visitors to Washington Park pay the same amount for parking from their phone as they would from the pay station.

About Washington Park

Whether you are seeking excitement or tranquility, Washington Park is the place for you and your family. With over 400 acres of trees, gardens, attractions, playgrounds and 15 miles of trails, Washington Park is an oasis of green space just minutes from downtown Portland.

On January 10th, 2014, parking pay stations were installed in Washington Park.  All parking proceeds are reinvested in improvements in and around the park, including:

  • Better maintenance and security
  • Free park-wide shuttle service
  • Improved safety for drivers, cyclists, pedestrians and disabled visitors (for example: better signs, barrier-free sidewalks, and crosswalks)
  • A new park-wide master plan


The Washington Park Transportation Management Association negotiated and secured the contract with PassportParking via a competitive request-for-proposal (RFP) process, for its track record in providing innovative solutions to the parking and transit industries.  The WPTMA is a non-profit organization (separate from the City of Portland and Portland Parks & Recreation) that operates under a license agreement in Washington Park.  The WPTMA is a partner with Portland Parks & Recreation and all Washington Park attractions, including the Oregon Zoo, Portland Children’s Museum, World Forestry Center, Portland Japanese Garden, and Hoyt Arboretum to manage transportation programs within the park.  As with all money collected from pay stations themselves, 100% of parking fees collected via the PassportParking pay-by-phone system will be deposited into the Washington Park Trust solely for use in transportation and parking-related improvements in the park.


About Passport

 Passport is the industry-leading mobile payments company specializing in integrated urban mobility solutions. The company provides feature rich software platforms that offer parking and transit agencies a more effective and efficient way to manage their operations and serve their customers. Passport’s mobile payment systems are deployed in over 1,000 locations in 43 states and provinces across the US and Canada, with clients such as Chicago, Toronto and Boston.

 Headquartered in Charlotte, NC, Passport is backed by a highly respected group of investors, including Grotech Ventures and Relevance Capital. For more information, please visit