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Healthy Parks, Healthy Portland


1120 SW 5th Avenue, Suite 1302
Portland, Oregon 97204

503-823-PLAY (7529)

Marlo Medellin, Project Manager


Maija Spencer, Public Involvement Coordinator


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Colonel Summers Park


Portland Parks & Recreation, the Buckman Community Association, and the Colonel Summers Task Force have been working on tactics and strategies for increasing positive uses for Colonel Summers Park for several years. Park additions and improvements include many varieties of projects including capital improvements, maintenance projects, enforcement activities and more. Learn more by reading the Colonel Summers Park Improvements Dashboard.

Two improvement projects have been planned for Colonel Summers Park:

  • installation of a Portland Loo (restroom) and splash pad
  • an enclosure for the picnic pavilion

Loo and Splash Pad

A Portland Loo and splash pad will be installed in Colonel Summers Park. Funding for the Loo is available thanks to the Parks Replacement Bond, and System Development Charges (SDCs) are funding the splash pad. The splash pad will replace the decommissioned wading pool. The work also includes replacing the existing path from SE Taylor Street with a new ADA-accessible route from SE Taylor to the picnic pavilion.

Update April 2017: Construction is starting, and the fencing is in place for the construction area. Completion is expected by August 2017. Future updates will include an anticipated opening date.

Spring 2016 - Fall 2016:  Design Development and Public Involvement

Fall 2016 - Spring 2017:  Construction Documents, Permitting, and Bidding
April 2017 - August 2017:  Construction
Summer 2017:  Opening of Loo and Splash Pad

Pavilion Improvement
PP&R secured funding and hired an architect to design the enclosure for the picnic pavilion. A preferred option was chosen after the December 2015 community meeting and shared at the February 2016 Buckman Community Association meeting.  

Update March 2017
The gate installation is done, and this project is completed.

  • Fall 2015 - Winter 2015/16:  Design Development and Public Involvement - view preferred option
  • Spring 2016 - Summer 2016:  Construction Documents, Permitting, and Bidding
  • Fall 2016 - Winter 2016/17:  Gate Fabrication and Installation / Construction

Project Manager
Marlo Medellin,, (503) 823-5581

Public Involvement Coordinator
Maija Spencer,, (503) 823-5593

Park History

Originally called Belmont Park, this site was renamed in 1938 in honor of Colonel Owen Summers, a former member of the Oregon Legislature. Summers was the commanding officer of the Second Oregon Volunteers Regiment in the Spanish-American War. He also introduced the bill which later created the Oregon National Guard. 

In the southwest corner of this park there is a huge rock, which came from Kelly Butte. This rock holds a bas relief image of Colonel Summers on a bronze plaque.