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Parks & Recreation

Healthy Parks, Healthy Portland

phone: 503-823-7529

1120 SW Fifth Avenue, Portland, OR 97204

Picnics, Weddings, Facilities, Events, Rules & Policies

NOTICE for Picnics in Washington Park
Portland Parks & Recreation will not be reserving picnic sites within Washington Park due to the construction impact of the Reservoir Improvement Project by the Portland Water Bureau. The construction has closed streets as well as parking throughout the park. If the you wish to use picnic sites within Washington Park this season, you may do so on a first come, first served basis - but PP&R will not be able to issue you a permit. The Reservoir Improvement Project is estimated to continue through the end of 2018.

Portland Parks & Recreation has many different venues available for rental. Whether you are planning a wedding, a family or neighborhood event, a company picnic or a sports tournament, we have a site for you!

When planning your event, it is very important to contact the Customer Service Center as early as possible to receive the most current information on the park of your choice. Many parks have unique requirements. Staff can update you on everything from construction schedules and bathroom closures, to noise limitations and application deadlines (some as long as 60 days). We can also direct you to other city, county, and state agencies for additional information, if necessary, as well as provide manuals and guides to aid in planning your special event. For information about permits for large public events (more than 1,000 people), call 503-823-2525.


1134 SW Fifth Avenue, Exterior entrance located at SW 5th and Madison  |  Portland, Oregon 97204
503-823-2525 (office)  |  503-823-2515 (fax)
Phone in hours are 8:30am to 5:15pm, Monday through Friday
Walk in hours are 8:00am to 5:30pm, Monday through Friday


PICNICS Permitting for picnics opens on Monday, February 13, 2017 at 8:00am.
That includes phone-in, walk-in, fax, and online reservations.
WEDDINGS Permitting for weddings opens on Tuesday, January 3, 2017
In Person - we will begin taking reservations at 8:00 am to walk-in customers only.
At 12:00pm on January 3 we will open up reservations to online, phone-in, fax, as well as in-person.
COMMERCIAL November 1, 2016 begins first right of refusal
December 1, 2016 we begin taking open applications for 2017
WATERFRONT PARK EVENT APPLICATIONS The application process for 2018 will begin in October 2017. Call 503-865-2375 for more information or to receive an RFP application.
BOAT DOCKING PERMITS For a permit to dock your boat along the seawall at Waterfront Park, or the North Breakwater at Riverplace Marina, call 503-823-2525, Option 6.