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Parks & Recreation

Healthy Parks, Healthy Portland

phone: 503-823-7529

1120 SW Fifth Avenue, Portland, OR 97204

Colonel Summers Park

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Join PP&R and Parks Commissioner Amanda Fritz at a special opening celebration for the splash pad at Colonel Summers Park on Sunday, September 17, 2017 at 4pm.  Following the special ribbon-cutting ceremony, we invite the community to enjoy the new splash pad and free cake for all.

This celebration is part of the Buckman Community Association's annual community picnic, which runs from 3pm - 7pm, with many free family activities including a bounce house, BBQ foods, face painting, and live music. Sign up to volunteer at the picnic here.

PP&R is also celebrating the completion of several other major improvements including a new Loo (restroom), improved ADA access, and new decorative gates on the picnic pavilion at Colonel Summers Park. The splash pad and gates are funded by System Development Charges, and the Loo and ADA improvements are thanks to the voter-supported 2014 Parks Replacement Bond.


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.

Colonel Summers Park has received two major improvements:

  • 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 have been installed in Colonel Summers Park. Funding for the Loo is thanks to the Parks Replacement Bond, and System Development Charges (SDCs) funded the splash pad. The splash pad replaces the decommissioned wading pool. The work also included replacing the existing path from SE Taylor Street with a new ADA-accessible route from SE Taylor to the picnic pavilion.

Spring 2016 - Fall 2016:  Design Development and Public Involvement

Fall 2016 - Spring 2017:  Construction Documents, Permitting, and Bidding
April 2017 - mid-September 2017:  Construction
September 17, 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.