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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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Inclement Weather Policy and Closures

Portland Parks & Recreation posts information on closures, delays, and cancellation affecting our sites and programs during bad or hot weather on this page. 

Update for 1pm, Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Recent heavy rains soaked Portland Parks & Recreation's baseball and softball fields, and soccer/football/lacrosse fields across the City. However, the Bureau has mandated that permitted scheduled games, and all practices (scheduled or informal/drop-in uses) can once again take place on fields. This week is the remaining time frame for permitted events on PP&R's natural grass fields.

The information contained in this message pertain only to PP&R fields, not fields at Portland Public School sites.  

The conditions of fields will vary across the city. Due to the strong possibility of extremely wet conditions, coaches and players must evaluate the conditions of their fields upon arrival, per City protocol. That means if your field is visibly soaked, and/or you sink down close to an inch or so when standing on the grass, you're required to postpone your game until conditions are favorable. Otherwise, you risk injury to yourself and other players - and it creates ruts and lousy conditions on the fields going forward.

Please do not put any kitty litter nor any other substance on the fields in an attempt to dry them faster, and do not attempt to push water off the field or drain it yourself. Those measures are detrimental to the fields’ conditions now and going forward. 

Please remember that safety is the most important priority. Use your best judgement when arriving at all park fields for games and practices. 

All synthetic, all-weather fields, will remain open for use all year long, in any conditions.

Thanks for understanding as we make decisions with player safety and for the long-term viability of our facilities in mind. 


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CLASSES AND ACTIVITIES

PP&R classes, activities, rentals, and sports events may be canceled due to inclement weather, such as ice, snow, or extreme heat. Check with your PP&R facility for the most current information via phone or online at portlandparks.org. Some recreation programs may run as conditions and staff availability allow. Safety is a major factor in determining operations at each PP&R facility. PP&R facilities, our social media outlets, and our website will all feature operating information including opening and closing times. 


PARKS, NATURAL AREAS, TRAILS

  • As time permits -- closures, delays, or detours on trails are posted on the Trail Closures and Delays page and also posted to Twitter and Facebook.
  • Never walk on frozen ponds or other water features. You never know how thick the ice is or how deep the water is below.
  • In cold temperatures, 'black ice' can easily be disguised when left behind by melting snow or rain. People traveling by bike or on foot should use caution and be safe.

Trail Closures and Delays

Portland is home to more than 152 miles of completed regional trails laced together, connecting people to each other and to the natural beauty of our city. Click here for up-to-date trail closures, delays, or detours.


Report Tree Issues on City Property and Public Streets

If you see a downed tree or large limb (not small branches), call 503-823-TREE (8733). Urban Forestry crews are working on biggest impacts first, as well as mitigating safety issues before clearing debris.