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The City of Portland, Oregon

Portland Parks & Recreation

Healthy Parks, Healthy Portland

Phone: 503-823-7529

1120 SW Fifth Avenue, Portland, OR 97204

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

Som Subedi, Program Specialist


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Parks For New Portlanders

Parks for New Portlanders (PNP) is a program initiated by Portland Parks & Recreation with goal of providing recreation opportunities for immigrant and refugee communities. PNP works with community partners and city leaders to design culturally relevant programs and make sure services and spaces are welcoming and accessible to communities of color, new immigrants and refugees.

With one in five Portlanders being foreign-born, addressing the needs of this new and diverse population is crucial as they transition to Portland’s community. The PNP program hosts sporting events like Portland World Soccer in the summer and Intercultural Basketball Tournament in the fall, to assist new Portlanders access Portland Parks & Recreation services in effort to promote greater integration into Portland’s community and create a sense of belonging.

Parks for New Portlanders brings together seven, foreign-born Community Youth Ambassadors who are local leaders, community experts, and speak 12 different languages, including:

  • Spanish
  • French
  • Burmese
  • Somali
  • Hindi
  • Nepali
  • Swahili
  • Kinyarwanda
  • Ewe