Skip to Main Content View Text-Only

The City of Portland, Oregon

Portland Parks & Recreation

Healthy Parks, Healthy Portland

Phone: 503-823-7529

1120 SW Fifth Avenue, Portland, OR 97204

More Contact Info

Picnics, Weddings, Facilities, Events, Rules, and Policies

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.

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.


111 SW Columbia Street, Suite 660, Portland, Oregon 97201
503-823-2525 (office)  |  503-823-2515 (fax)
Phone hours are 8:30am to 5:00pm, Monday through Friday
Walk-in hours are 8:00am to 5:00pm, Monday through Friday


PICNICS Permitting for picnics opens on Monday, February 12, 2018 at 8:00am.
That includes phone-in, walk-in, and online reservations.
WEDDINGS Online wedding reservations are now available for 2018. Please note that 2018 wedding fees are still being finalized with the City Budget Office and may not reflect what is shown. Staff will contact permittees to finalize details. Click here to start your reservation request!
COMMERCIAL December 1, 2017 begins first right of refusal
January 1, 2018 we begin taking open applications for 2018
PUBLIC EVENTS 2018 applications will be accepted beginning October 16, 2017. All Returning events are encouraged to reapply no later than December 1, to retain their location and dates.
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, the North Breakwater at Riverplace Marina, or Swan Island Boat Ramp, call 503-823-2525, Option 6.