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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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Prohibited Conduct, Fountain Rules and Permit Requirements


Portland City Code PRK-1.11

In addition to other applicable laws including the provisions of PCC Chapter 20.12, the following conduct is prohibited in Director Park (“Director Park” means the city block bounded on the north by the south curb of South Yamhill Street, on the south by the north curb of Southwest Taylor Street, on the east by the west curb of Southwest Park Avenue, and on the west side by the east curb of Southwest Ninth Avenue. It specifically includes the entire surface area of that block and any improvements thereon, as well as any improvements made by or belonging to the City thereunder, including all pedestrian walkways and any transportation shelters or facilities.)

  • 1, No person shall climb, stand, sit or lie upon any water feature, trellis, garbage container or planter, nor climb, stand or lie upon any bench within Director Park.
  • 2. No person shall operate any radio or other amplified sound producing device, so as to be audible to another, within Director Park, except by permit.
  • 3. No person shall throw any ball, disc or other object, user roller skates or skateboards, ride any bicycle or other wheeled device other than a medical mobility device or a child stroller or baby carriage, or roll any shopping cart within Director Park.
  • 4. No person shall smoke in any part of Director Park.
  • 5. No person shall possess any type of fireworks, whether or not such fireworks are otherwise allowed by law, except by permit.
  • 6. No person shall possess any graffiti instrument in Director Park with the intent that the instrument be used to tamper with, mar, or deface property therein, or knowing that another person intends to so use it, or when a reasonable person would know that the instrument is likely to be so used.  For purpose of this subsection, “graffiti” means the unauthorized spraying or marking of paint, chalk, dye or any other substance to any building, structure or surface.  For purposes of this Subsection, “graffiti instrument” means any can of paint or other marking substance under pressure, which can be used to spray surfaces with the paint or other marking substance, or any ink, chalk, dye or other instrument or article adapted or designed for spraying or marking surfaces.

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Teachers Fountain Etiquette and Rules

  • Swimsuits, swim diapers or clothing is required
  • Dogs are not allowed in Teachers Fountain - City Code 20.12.140
  • Bathing or personal grooming is not allowed per - City Code 20.12.150
  • For safety, please do not stand on the round dedication ball - PRK-1.11
  • Parents/guardians/counselors/responsible adults are asked to supervise children while in the fountain area
  • Please refrain from bringing glass containers in or near the fountain
  • In the event of thunder or lightning, the fountain will be turned off and evacuated for 30 minutes or until safe

Periodically, the fountain may be turned off for events, maintenance, repair, weather (lightning), and/or for safety reasons.


A. No person shall engage in any conduct or activity in any Park for which a permit is required under this Code, unless a permit has been issued for that conduct or activity.

B. No person, at any event in any Park for which a permit has been issued under Chapter 20.08 shall engage in any conduct prohibited by Section 20.08.060 of this code.


It is unlawful for any person to conduct or participate in any activity in a park, for which a permit is required, unless the Parks Reservation Center has issued a permit for the activity.  A permit is required for any activity in a Park under any one or more of the following circumstances:

A. The activity is intended to involve, is reasonably likely to involve, or actually involves, as participants and/or spectators, at any one time, 150 or more persons.

B. The activity includes the placement of any temporary or permanent structure, including but not limited to any table, bench, stage, fence, tent or other facility in a Park. No permit is required under this Subsection for the placement of any temporary facility in an area of a Park which the Director has designated for such use without a Permit.

C. The activity requires, or is reasonably likely to require, City services additional to those already provided to the public as a matter of course in the Park, including but not limited to: increased police or fire protection; the turning on or off of water; provision of utilities, such as gas, electricity or sewer; placing, removing, opening or closing bollards, gates or fences; or the special preparation of fields or other facilities;

D. The person or persons engage in the activity seek to exclude, or to have the right to exclude, any member of the public from the activity or from any Park or from any area of any Park.

E. The activity is conducted in any building in any Park, except for personal use of public restrooms.

F. The activity includes using the Park or Park area in a manner inconsistent with uses designated by the Director for that Park or Park area, or includes conduct that otherwise is prohibited in a Park, including, but not limited to, conducting business, charging admission or otherwise receiving payment for goods or services related to the activity, or possession, serving or consuming alcoholic beverages.

What do I do if I see a crime in a park?

  • If there is a crime in progress, if a serious threat or problem is developing, or if there is an emergency, please call 911.
  • For non-emergency park-related problems or special situations, call the Park Rangers at 503-823-1637.
  • For dog attacks or other serious situations involving animals, call Multnomah County Animal Control at 503-248-3790 or call Police Non-Emergency at 503-823-3333.
  • For park maintenance problems, call 503-823-1600.