1120 SW Fifth Avenue, Portland, OR 97204
Interactive fountains and decorative fountains will remain off throughout summer 2020.
For more information about closures and postponements related to COVID-19, please visit portlandoregon.gov/parks/covid-19.
Portland's decorative fountains are beautiful and cleaned regularly, but they are not safe to play in or drink from.
Interactive means people can play in the fountain or water, and that the water is chlorinated to the level of a swimming pool. Be aware that while the fountain is cleaned and chlorinated, the water is not suitable for drinking.
Rules When Visiting Fountains
The fountains are turned off during the cold weather months to prevent water from blowing or freezing on surfaces. This "down time" also provides an opportunity for maintenance and repair projects.
Most of Portland's decorative fountains recirculate water to minimize water use and run-off. Meters have been installed to gauge water use and electrical consumption.
Health and Safety
All of the fountains are cleaned regularly, and the interactive fountains are chlorinated to the level of a swimming pool.
We work with the Regional Arts & Culture Council to maintain aesthetics at each fountain. Sculptures undergo restoration when needed, in order to present the art as originally intended.