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PP&R's Summer Free For All returns starting in June!

Free Movies, Concerts in the Park, Free Lunch + Play, and much more return starting in June

New Year in the Park – A Celebration of Southeast Asian Culture is Saturday, April 28

Join us for New Year in the Park on Saturday, April 28, 2018 – A Celebration of Southeast Asian Culture and Heritage

Join us for PP&R Arbor Day 2018: a FREE, family-friendly festival on Saturday, April 21

Free family fun with supervised tree climbing, arts and crafts, and more.

Portland Public Golf program helps send four students to University of Oregon

Portland Parks & Recreation announces winners of full college scholarships; applications accepted for EAGLE Caddie program

Updated Master Plan approved for Portland’s iconic Washington Park

City Council approves vision for a more bike and pedestrian-friendly, accessible destination with an improved park experience.

Portlanders Stand with Refugees & Immigrants – a free, community event

An evening of multicultural music and dancing; free and open to all

PP&R sustainability efforts help City move towards cleaner energy

Bureau earns significant rebates, reinvested in yet more energy efficient projects; PP&R efforts mean less need for maintenance, and lower costs

Applications accepted now for the 2018 EAGLE Caddie Program

Scholarship opportunities over $100,000 are possible through the program to selected, qualified participants.

POSTPONED/WEATHER: Whitaker Ponds Nature Park celebration

Completed improvements enhance nature park access; more enhancements coming.

New playground, Portland Loo, at Ventura Park

Portland Parks & Recreation completes another Parks Replacement Bond project and expects a formal grand opening this spring.

Join the PP&R Aquatics team—now hiring lifeguards, swim instructors

Immediate openings for positions, citywide; speakers of multiple languages encouraged to apply

Luuwit View Park Now Open in NE Portland

Nearly 1000 Portland households gain access to a park for the first time; Portland Parks & Recreation invites all to the Grand Opening of Portland’s newest park on Saturday, October 21

INDYCAR returns to the Rose City

Green Savoree Racing Promotions, INDYCAR, and Portland Parks & Recreation announce 2018 race at Portland International Raceway

PP&R's Som Subedi named 2017 Park Champion of the Year

Portland Parks & Recreation recognized at 2017 NRPA Annual Conference in New Orleans

PP&R and Under Armour celebrate new soccer field at Lents Park

Under Armour funded entire project; new playground coming soon also, thanks to the Parks Replacement Bond

Join the Walk with Refugees and Immigrants, Sunday, August 20

The event aims to celebrate Portland’s compassionate, generous and welcoming spirit towards refugees & immigrants.

PP&R closes outdoor pools for August 3 and 4; some day camps canceled

Closures, cancelations, other weather/air quality impacts for Thursday, August 3, 2017 and beyond

Stay cool for FREE at several PP&R community centers

Select centers and hours only. See list. PP&R also offers swimming pools, park fountains and splash pads, Poet’s Beach on the Willamette

HEAT WAVE - PP&R pools, community centers, fountains, splash pads, and more!

This week, Portland is expecting record-breaking heat. Safety is the top priority of Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R), and we make every effort to keep our classes, camps, and activities running safely during the heat. Read on for details, info, and safety tips.

PP&R Director Mike Abbaté named to NRPA Board of Directors

The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) is the leading non-profit organization dedicated to parks and recreation nationwide.

Colwood Golf Center Grand Reopening July 30, 2017

Join PP&R and KemperSports to celebrate the new Colwood Golf Center, a public golf facility and course.

Join the First Splash at Poet’s Beach on July 13; see the Mayor swim!

Portland's first downtown river swimming beach opens

PP&R, Comcast, present the 2017 Summer Free For All Field Day Celebration Kickoff

Free Lunch + Play program expects to distribute more than 110,000 free lunches to Portland youth

PP&R opens 52nd Portland Community Garden

Kingsley Community Garden becomes Portland’s 52nd Site for Growing Healthy, Local, Fresh Food

PP&R Outdoor Pools open for summer swimming starting Tuesday, June 20

FREE Learn to Swim Lessons are next week- sign up in-person only

PP&R and Leave No Trace present a FREE community event in Forest Park on Friday, June 23

Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) is partnering with the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics to host a community event and other educational activities the week of June 19-26, 2017.

New Lents Park turf soccer field open for year-round use

The new Lents Park turf athletic field is available for drop-in play or to be reserved for league/rental use.

Duniway Park and track now reopen for use

Duniway Park now has a new turf athletic field, available for year-round use, and a new track with new lighting (at runner level, rather than big stadium lights) to enhance use after dark.

Portland Parks & Recreation playing fields back open for all uses

Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) announces that all grass playing fields (for sports such as soccer, lacrosse, etc.) as well as baseball and softball fields citywide are now open for all permitted games, practices, and drop-in play as of Tuesday, May 23, 2017.

Centennial School District, PP&R, plan Portland’s newest Community Garden

The garden, at Lynch Wood Elementary School, is expected to be complete in the autumn of 2017

Argay Park Tennis Court Restoration starts in June 2017

Thanks to funding from the Parks Replacement Bond, construction will begin in June to restore all four existing tennis courts at Argay Park, NE 141st Avenue and Failing Street

Playing Field Conditions Update for May 1

Fields east of the Willamette River now open for both practices AND games

Portland Parks & Recreation presents New Year in the Park 2017

Third annual celebration of Cambodian, Thai, Laotian and Burmese cultures

Washington Park FREE shuttle starts Saturday, April 1, for 2017 peak season

The FREE Washington Park shuttle service is back for spring and summer 2017

Eastbank Esplanade REOPENED

PP&R temporarily closed the floating portion of the Eastbank Esplanade due to extremely high Willamette River water levels.

PP&R presents Arbor Day 2017 on Saturday, April 22

Portland Parks & Recreation Urban Forestry is proud to present Portland’s annual Arbor Day Festival on Saturday, April 22, 2017, from 10am-3pm at Mt. Scott Park in southeast Portland.

PP&R presents a free community event - Portlanders Stand with Refugees & Immigrants

An evening of multicultural music and dancing, an opportunity to honor organizations and individuals who have welcomed new Portlanders, a chance to show support for the refugee and immigrant community.

PP&R invites comments on Washington Park Master Plan

Make your mark on the future of Washington Park! Share your opinions on potential concepts to shape the park over the coming decades.

Los jardineros comunitarios multiculturales crean espacio de crecer comida para el programa “Produce for People”

El programa de los Huertos comunitarios de Portland dona más de 31,000 libras de comida a organizaciones locales de ayuda contra el hambre

Multicultural Community Gardeners Create Produce for People Growing Space

Portland Community Gardens program donates over 31,000 pounds of food to local hunger relief agencies

Parks Bond Project enhances accessibility at PP&R's International Rose Test Garden

100 years of roses! World-famous garden celebrates centennial in 2017, events planned

Washington Park's free shuttle carried over 120,000 riders in 2016

Ridership increased 40% since start of shuttle service

Ramiro Villalvazo joins PP&R as Assets & Development Division Manager

Veteran public servant brings 35 years of experience to Portland.

Pioneer Courthouse Square renovations begin January 30

Join us for a public celebration at 12pm on Monday, February 6, to kick off the largest Parks Replacement Bond project.

Book 2017 wedding reservations starting Tuesday, January 3

Book your wedding in a PP&R park for 2017 dates; in-person registrations get priority

Commissioner Amanda Fritz, Director Mike Abbaté announce $2 Million in funding for Gateway Green

System Development Charges, Metro grant, and private donations via Friends of Gateway Green help new east Portland park become reality

Portland Parks & Recreation offers Winter Break swimming

PP&R pools offer extra family swims and open play swims when school is out during winter break!

Commissioner Amanda Fritz and Director Mike Abbaté make two funding announcements for Leach Botanical Garden

Metro grant, System Development Charges to fund key projects, build on PDC’s previous investment and private donations

Most PP&R community centers and pools plan to open at 12pm on 12/16/16

Please visit for updated closures and/or call your pool or community center before you leave your home.

PP&R Urban Forestry working hard to address storm cleanup citywide

PBOT and PP&R combined have received reports of around 260 distinct locations impacted by downed tree issues since the winter blast began last week.

Commissioner Fritz announces funding for PP&R's Errol Heights Park enhancement

System Development Charges from development revenue go towards realizing SE Portland park’s vision

Gobble up the 13th Annual Turkey Swim Series through November 17

Enter for a free fowl this fall from Portland Parks & Recreation!

PP&R and volunteers finish survey and mapping of 220,000 Portland street trees

One of largest inventories of city trees in the U.S. will help guide Portland’s urban forestry management.

PP&R Athletic Fields remain open for play to permitted activities only

Sustained rains and wet conditions across the city have left many PP&R athletic fields with standing water, mud, slippery turf, and other poor conditions that may impact athletes' safety.

Renovations complete on second Parks Replacement Bond project - Matt Dishman pool and spa

Portland Parks & Recreation’s Matt Dishman Pool Reopening Celebration on October 21

UPDATED: PP&R grass athletic fields remain open for play with one exception

The citywide closure did not impact synthetic turf fields, which are designed for all-weather play.

Vincent Johnson named Assistant Director of PP&R Golf Program

Portlander and Golf Professional to help oversee six top public courses

PP&R presents No Ivy Day 2016 on 10/29 - Sign up now to volunteer!

Community volunteer efforts citywide to remove invasive species on Saturday, October 29, 2016

PP&R designates $3 million towards Thomas Cully Park

Newest city park to serve more than 400 families without current access to parks; to be built by a unique public/private partnership

Parke Diem: Largest citywide volunteer event for Portland's parks

1,000 volunteers, nearly $12,000 in micro-grants, 58 park projects to be completed

Join PP&R and partners for Festival Latino 2016

Join Portland Parks & Recreation at Glenhaven Park for food cart vendors, games, live music and a movie in the park!

Kelley Point Park reopens Thursday, September 1, 2016

Kelley Point Park - visitors urged to stay out of the water for safety

Portland Parks & Recreation joins partners to combat eating disorders

National Eating Disorders Association walk on Sept 17, 2016

Food carts, music, cultural activites enhance Ankeny Square

Activities in place now; community celebration set for Thursday, September 15

Kelley Point Park closed until further notice

Portland Parks & Recreation installing additional and larger “No Swimming” signs

Parks Commissioner Amanda Fritz announces funding for Columbia Children’s Arboretum

Accessibility improvements to assist neighbors, other future improvements possible

PP&R completes first Bond project, more than two dozen other projects underway

Bureau issues first Annual Report for the 2014 Parks Replacement Bond

Grant Pool reopens for summer on Monday, July 25

Renovations complete on first Parks Replacement Bond project

Portland Parks & Recreation continues drinking water testing

All results from Charles Jordan Community Center test far below actionable levels

Portland Parks & Recreation Receives Corporate Support for Summer Free For All Program

Summer Free For All kicks off with check presentations from Comcast, Bank of America, other valued sponsors and helps bring Portland families free summer movies, concerts and more !

Portland Parks & Recreation water quality testing update

On Sunday, June 5, Portland Parks & Recreation sent out a press release regarding voluntary testing of water at some of its facilities as well as information on past elevated lead results at one facility, Multnomah Arts Center (MAC).

Portland International Raceway Hosting Open House on Sunday, June 26

PIR offering on-track opportunities, displays, pro drivers and more

Portland celebrates Pickles’ improvements to Walker Stadium in Lents Park

Portland Pickles’ partnership results in stadium improvements which all Portlanders can enjoy

Portland Parks & Recreation begins voluntary water testing

Community conversation on lead concerns prompts review of past water tests; updating of safety protocols; some interim precautionary measures at three priority sites

Portland Parks & Recreation and partners welcome all to the Luuwit View Park groundbreaking celebration on June 4

Celebration of Portland’s new neighborhood jewel, starting construction in east Portland

Opening Day for Outdoor Pools is Tuesday, June 14

Portland Parks & Recreation Pools are getting ready for summer!

Parklane Park to get $6M towards further improvements

Parks Commissioner Amanda Fritz dedicates more System Development Charges to enhance 25 acre park in east Portland

Comcast becomes title sponsor for Portland Parks & Recreation’s Summer Free For All

Public/private partnership helps bring Portland free summer movies, concerts and more

Portland Parks & Recreation, partners present New Portlanders Cultural Celebration & Family Day

Multicultural food, music, dancing and much more, part of Portland Sunday Parkways

Portland’s newest park starts construction in Gateway area

Portland Parks & Recreation, Portland Development Commission and partners welcome all to the Gateway Discovery Park Groundbreaking- a celebration of Portland’s newest park, starting construction in east Portland

Grant Pool renovations underway; pool reopening expected in August 2016

Construction is now underway to replace the mechanical systems (which date to the 1920s and 1940s, see photo) and improve accessibility at Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R)’s Grant Pool. PP&R expects to reopen the pool in early August 2016, and hopefully even sooner.

Partial PP&R Athletic Field Closure Remains in Effect through April 1, 2016

Due to the continued effects of recent heavy rains, many Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) grass athletic fields and ballfields will remain closed through at least Friday, April 1, 2016.

Portland Parks & Recreation Announces Winners of Full College Scholarships

Portland Parks & Recreation EAGLE Program, Evans Scholarships send three to University of Oregon

Kʰunamokwst Park Grand Opening on Saturday, May 16:

Grand opening is Saturday, May 16, 11am-3pm.

The Newest Portland Park! South Waterfront Greenway Central District Complete, Now Open

See for photos of the new park!

Portland Parks & Recreation Honored with We Are Portland Awards

Six Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) employees, along with new Parks Commissioner Amanda Fritz and several community partners, will be honored with 2013 We Are Portland Awards from the City’s Office of Equity and Human Rights.

Portland Parks & Recreation Encourages Tree Watering

Hot, Dry Weather Can Stress Recently Planted Trees

Portland Parks & Recreation is YOUR Destination for Hot Weather!

Pools, Splash Pads, Hot Weather Tips from PP&R

Tree Stolen from World’s Smallest Park Has a New Home

Good news, and just in time for Arbor Month!

Portland’s Innovative Fountain Series Captured in National Register of Historic Places

Portland Parks & Recreation Featured in National Register of Historic Places

Portland Parks & Recreation and Volunteers to Plant New Roses at Peninsula Park:

Donations Welcomed to Help with Centennial Projects

93-Year-Old Woman Maintains Independence with Portland Parks & Recreation Personal Trainer

An inspiring story, and more proof that you're never too old to be active!

Metro, City of Portland Protect Columbia Slough Wetland as New Natural Area

Broadmoor Property offers 54 New Protected Acres for Wildlife