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Healthy Parks, Healthy Portland

Phone: 503-823-PLAY (7529)

Fax: 503-823-6007

1120 SW Fifth Ave., Suite 1302, Portland, OR 97204


1120 SW Fifth Ave., Suite 1302
Portland, Oregon 97204

503-823-PLAY (7529)

Robin Laughlin, Project Manager


Maija Spencer, Public Involvement Coordinator


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Washington Park International Rose Test Garden

photo of garden

Please note that Bond-funded construction is very active at the Rose Garden. Work includes concrete pours and excavation. The majority of the Garden will continue to be open to visitors, but access will be very limited through June 2017.

If you do visit the garden, please use caution as the garden paths are shared with construction equipment and vehicles. For your safety, please stay out of any areas closed off. Garden visitors should expect that access may change often, as the work moves around the site, and there will be noise and construction debris.


ramp photo

Ramp Closure - This impacts access to the garden for anyone using a wheelchair, a stroller, a walker, or with limited mobility. The ramp near the Rose Garden Store is closed off, as excavation of this pathway begins. The ramp will stay closed until the re-grading, re-paving, and handrail installation is completed. The only access point from the Rose Garden parking lot into the Garden is by stairs. Access to the lower portions of the Garden remain open via the MAC Trail and the service road off of Rose Garden Way.

concrete truck

Parking Lot Closure - There will be occasional concrete pours which require construction vehicles to use some of the Rose Garden parking spaces for up to a day at a time. The next pours are scheduled for Friday, May 26 and Wednesday, May 31 (dates may change due to weather or equipment availability). The vehicle shown below uses a giant hose and crane to allow construction workers to pour concrete into the Garden from above!

Read more about this project in the Frequently Asked Questions and view the project map.


Groundbreaking photo

Project Groundbreaking, February 24, 2017
(Left to right) Harry Landers, Rose Garden Curator; Mike Abbaté, Parks Director; Jim Stahl, Rosarian Prime Minister; Kimberly Bown, President of the Friends of the Washington Park International Rose Test Garden; Michael Humphrey, President of the Portland Rose Society; and Amanda Fritz, Portland Parks Commissioner.

Read Kimberly Bown's story about volunteering in the Rose Garden from our 2015-16 Annual Report.


With funding from the Parks Replacement Bond, this project will remove ADA accessibility barriers from the main promenade within the Rose Garden and improve the connection to the parking lot, so that all Portland residents and visitors can equally enjoy this space for the next 100 years.  The Washington Park International Rose Test Garden will celebrate its Centennial anniversary in 2017. 

Project Manager
Robin Laughlin,, 503-823-5588

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


Winter 2016 - Spring 2016
Design Process and Public Involvement

Summer 2016 - Fall 2016
Permitting and Bidding

March 2017 - June 2017



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