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Washington Park Master Plan Update

  • Washington Park aerial circa 1960

Posted March 15, 2018

The updated master plan for Portland's iconic Washington Park has been accepted by City Council! PP&R presented the master plan update to City Council on Thursday, March 15, 2018. Read more.

Click here to read the final version of the Washington Park Master Plan Update.
Click here for answers to frequently asked questions.


Posted February 2017

The Washington Park Master Plan Update is complete! With a robust public engagement over 18 months—in four languages and involving more than 2500 people—the Washington Park Master Plan Update focuses on three major areas of improvement for the long-term sustainability of the 481-acre park: create identity, improve access, and enhance the visitor experience. 


Posted December 18, 2017

Results are in from our November 2017 Public Survey on the Washington Park Master Plan Update draft.  Read more.


Posted on November 14, 2017

We asked you to “make your mark on Washington Park” at our open house forums this past April. Now, PP&R wants to ensure that we have met the community’s visions and goals to keep Washington Park a world-class destination. The draft master plan (below) will guide the redevelopment of Washington Park - 450 acres of beautiful gardens, internationally-lauded attractions, and natural areas - is ready for Portlanders’ review and final input. Click here to review a draft of the Washington Park Master Plan Update. 


Map of Washington Park

The Future of Washington Park

It is time to update the master plan for Washington Park. The update process is an opportunity to imagine how Washington Park might be in the future. Now is our opportunity to think about services and experiences the park offers, how people get around the park, and what qualities could attract new visitors.

The Master Plan Charts the Future for the Park
For nearly 150 years, Washington Park has been a treasured destination for Portlanders and visitors from around the world. The existing master plan was written in 1981 (for more information visit Washington Park through our Find a Park feature.) Some of the suggested improvements happened, but others did not. Many issues identified thirty years ago still exist.


What is a master plan descriptionThis update to the Washington Park master plan will:  

  • Find ways to strengthen the park, building upon its history and existing features.
  • Address conflicts and challenges.

The Planning Process
During the next seven months, we will ask people from all parts of Portland to imagine the possibilities for the park. We will collect ideas and learn about the park’s needs from the community, attractions, neighbors, interest groups, and city leaders.

Early in 2017, all ideas will used to create several options for the future of the park. The city will share the options with the community and ask for feedback. Community feedback will help create the final master plan in the fall of 2017.

The three phases of the master planning process are shown below:

Master Plan phases graphicHow You Can Participate
Your thoughts and suggestions are an important part of the process. You can share your experiences and ideas for Washington Park:


Technical Investigation and Public Outreach Report


Project Manager
Emily Roth

Community Engagement Manager
Elizabeth Kennedy-Wong

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