If you have a “HydroPark” in your neighborhood, you likely know them well already. Yet, many Portlanders still haven’t heard about our city’s unique HydroPark program. A HydroPark is a Portland Water Bureau facility that now serves as a neighborhood greenspace.
With the leadership of Commissioner Leonard, the Portland Water Bureau has taken on the exciting challenge of turning key water infrastructure sites into public open spaces. Most facilities had previously been off-limits to local residents with fences surrounding the property, and were located in park-deficient neighborhoods. While it may be counterintuitive, opening the fences on these sites has actually increased their security, since community members now visit and care for these sites.
Gilbert HydroPark - 13803 SE Center Street
Located in the Powellhurst-Gilbert neighborhood, Gilbert HydroPark includes a walking path, benches and picnic tables. The neighborhood association has voiced interest in creating a community garden, but funding is necessary to make that dream come true.
Halsey HydroPark - NE 148th and Halsey Street
Located in the Wilkes neighborhood, Halsey HydroPark includes benches and a picnic table. There is a large sloping field in the center of the open space. The in-ground tank is barely noticeable to visitors.
Hazelwood HydroPark - 1017 NE 117th Ave
Located in the Hazelwood neighborhood, Hazelwood HydroPark is the first and largest of our open spaces. There are benches and picnic tables, and a popular community garden in the middle. The East Portland Neighborhood Office is located on the corner, and a water conservation demonstration garden showcases water efficient landscaping.
Marigold HydroPark - 8925 SW 15th Ave
Located in the Markham neighborhood, Marigold HydroPark is dominated by one our largest elevated tanks. There are a few benches, a picnic table and some native plantings to enjoy.
Pittman Addition HydroPark - N Concord and N Going Court
Located in the Overlook neighborhood, this open space includes picnic tables and benches made from recycled materials. The site was covered in invasive plants, and community members have planted lots of natives to try to create urban wildlife habitat. There is an active committee of community members and artists working to bring temporary art to the park on a rotating basis.
Sabin HydroPark - 1907 NE Skidmore
Located in the Sabin neighborhood, this open space includes a children’s playground, picnic tables, and benches. The southeast portion has a very popular community garden. Sabin HydroPark was mentioned in Portland Monthly’s annual real estate edition. In 2012, a micro hydro-turbine generator was installed at this site to convert the thrust of water into useful electrical energy at an estimated rate of 150,000 kilowatt hour per years. This electricity is used to help power area water facilities and excess electricity is sold back to PacifiCorp. The extra revenue is used to keep the overall cost of delivering water service to a minimum.
Texas HydroPark - 3109 SW Texas Street
Located in the Multnomah neighborhood, this small open space used to be entirely fenced off. Now neighbors can stroll through, relax on a bench.
- Hours are 5am-10pm
- Dogs must be leashed at all times, owners are required to clean up after their dogs
- Alcohol is prohibited
- Picnic areas and playfields available on first-come, first-served basis (no reservations)
- No fireworks or firearms
- No motorized vehicles
- No littering, dumping, or burning
Call Security Dispatch at 503-823-6084 if you witness any suspicious activity. Security is on call 24/7 to address any security issues.
For more information about HydroParks, contact Tom Klutz, Property Manager at the Portland Water Bureau, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 503-823-7503.