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UPDATED - Most PP&R playing fields reopen for permitted games only

UPDATE FOR FRIDAY, APRIL 7, 2017

Westmoreland Park playing fields are now open for permitted games only. As weather and field conditions improve, Portland Parks & Recreation hopes to again reopen all citywide fields for practices and drop-in play.


UPDATE FOR MONDAY, APRIL 3, 2017

Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) announces that MOST grass playing fields (for sports such as soccer, lacrosse, etc.) as well as baseball and softball fields across the City are reopen for permitted games (and only games) starting on Monday, April 3, 2017. Please note that due to continued unplayable conditions

Two playing fields at Gabriel Park (known as fields 2 and 3) remain closed at this time, as do all fields at Westmoreland Park. The Bureau appreciates the public understanding that with the continued wet and saturated conditions citywide, practices may impact the turf even more than games. Therefore, only games previously scheduled via a permit with the PP&R Customer Service Center will be held until further notice.

PP&R will re-evaluate field conditions citywide daily until staff determine all areas can reopen for games and practices.

PP&R sports management and the Bureau’s turf management divisions have been inspecting fields citywide after playing surfaces became impacted by weather-related conditions such as standing water, mud, and long grass (some of which can’t yet be mowed because the ground is too soft).  

PP&R has rules for permit-holders designed around safety. To those people, teams and leagues who have reserved fields for games, we remind you to please follow these rules when checking your game site prior to play:

  • If there is standing water or visible mud on a field, do not play.
  • If you step on your field and sink down an inch or more, do not play.
  • Please do not try to remove any water, dirt or mud from fields.

PP&R understands that the field closures are and have been inconvenient for some. However, safety of all park visitors is PP&R’s top priority. Also, any damage inflicted on playing surfaces this spring can result in ongoing safety issues during the peak summer season, as well as increased costs for repair and maintenance. PP&R will re-evaluate field conditions citywide daily.


UPDATE FOR MARCH 31, 2017

Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) announces that grass playing fields (for sports such as soccer, lacrosse, etc.) as well as baseball and softball fields on the east side of the City will reopen for permitted games (and only games) starting on Saturday, April 1, 2017. Please note that due to continued unplayable conditions elsewhere, fields at Westmoreland Park and all sites west of the Willamette River remain closed at this time. The Bureau appreciates the public understanding that with the continued wet and saturated conditions citywide, practices may impact the turf even more than games. Therefore, only games previously scheduled via a permit with the PP&R Customer Service Center will be held this weekend.

PP&R will reevaluate field conditions citywide on Monday, April 3.

PP&R sports management and the Bureau’s turf management divisions have inspected fields citywide, and found that surfaces on Portland’s west side remain impacted by weather-related conditions such as standing water, mud, and long grass (which can’t yet be mowed because the ground is too soft).  

PP&R has rules for permit-holders designed around safety. To those people, teams and leagues who have reserved fields for games, we remind you to please follow these rules when checking your game site prior to play:

  • If there is standing water or visible mud on a field, do not play.
  • If you step on your field and sink down an inch or more, do not play.
  • Please do not try to remove any water, dirt or mud from fields.

PP&R understands that the field closures are inconvenient for some. However, safety of all park visitors is PP&R’s top priority. Also, any damage inflicted on playing surfaces this spring can result in ongoing safety issues during the peak summer season, as well as increased costs for repair and maintenance. PP&R will reevaluate field conditions citywide on Monday, April 3.


POSTED MARCH 27, 2017

(Portland, OR) –

Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) has closed all city-owned athletic and ballfields until at least Friday, March 31, 2017, due to safety concerns and saturated conditions related to continued rain. This closure impacts grass fields at Portland Parks & Recreation sites, and events which PP&R had permitted at Portland Public Schools facilities. On Friday, March 31, PP&R will re-evaluate the grass fields and make a determination on if they can be reopened, or if the closures need to be extended - with user safety in mind. The citywide closure does NOT impact synthetic turf fields, which are designed for all-weather play.

Photo: Unplayable conditions at Westmoreland Park's soccer field on Monday, March 27, 2017.

Sustained rains and wet conditions across the city have left many PP&R athletic fields with standing water, mud, slippery turf, and other poor conditions that may impact athletes’ safety. The heavy and seemingly unending rain has also hampered the ability for PP&R maintenance crews to care for the fields. Portland Parks & Recreation turf experts stressed the importance of preserving the grass at this time of the year, noting that damage inflicted now will be much harder to repair later in the year when more users are expected to use the fields.

All people who have been granted permits for events on PP&R athletic and ball fields will have their money refunded. Fields will also be closed for drop-in use. Portland Parks & Recreation makes safety its top priority, though we understand some athletes will be disappointed by the bureau’s need to close the fields. Similar closures impacted PP&R grass fields in March and October, 2016.

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