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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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COVID-19 Update - Including Closures and Postponements



Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

All community centers, pools, playgrounds, sports courts, and sports fields are currently CLOSED through April 28, 2020. All Portland Parks & Recreation events are CANCELED through that day. This date is subject to change. Please follow ALL public health guidelines, particularly social distancing.

Portland Parks & Recreation has monitored the COVID-19 situation since it began. We continue to be in communication with, and to follow the guidance of, the Oregon Health AuthorityMultnomah County Health Department, and the Portland Bureau of Emergency Management regarding the situation. Below is Portland Parks & Recreation info.

For any other City info related to COVID-19, please visit https://beta.portland.gov/novel-coronavirus-covid-19.


UPDATE FOR 6:00PM, TUESDAY, MARCH 24, 2020

CLOSED TO VEHICLE TRAFFIC
Portland Parks & Recreation will close several parks to vehicle traffic on or by early Thursday morning (March 26, 2020) to help promote safe social distancing practices and discourage overcrowding.

While parks remain open, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to maintain the required six foot distance between park visitors, put in place for the COVID-19 public health emergency by Governor Kate Brown’s Stay Home, Stay Safe order.

The closure of park road gates will help ensure we maintain a healthy balance of visitors in our parks and natural areas.

The following parks will be closed to motor vehicles on or by Thursday, March 26, 2020, and remain closed until further notice:

  • Clinton Park
  • Council Crest
  • Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden
  • Duniway Park and track
  • Hillside Park
  • Hoyt Arboretum (Fisher Lane closed)
  • Kelly Point Park
  • Mt. Tabor Park
  • Pittock Mansion
  • Powell Butte Nature Park
  • Sellwood Park
  • Sellwood Riverfront Park
  • Washington Park (SW Kingston Drive - the road through the park - will be closed; other roads open for Water Bureau project)
  • Additional parks may be added to this list in the coming days, TBD.

These parks remain open to those walking, rolling, or strolling. We urge all park visitors to pack out what they bring in. The road closures will continue until further notice. This is a necessary step to support public health and to limit the spread of COVID-19. Let’s work together to slow the spread of this virus and save lives.


UPDATE FOR 1:00PM, MONDAY, MARCH 23, 2020

PARK AMENITIES CLOSED
Per Oregon Governor Kate Brown’s executive order: All Portland Parks & Recreation (and all public) playgrounds, outdoor sports courts and fields (including, but not limited to, basketball courts, skateparks, tennis courts, soccer fields) are CLOSED and should be avoided. This is a necessary step and mandated by the Oregon Governor’s Executive Order, to support public health and to limit the spread of COVID-19. 

  • Portland’s parks and natural areas, trails, community gardens, and golf courses* remain open at this time for walking, hiking, biking, running - activities which do not involve close contact and where 6 feet of social distancing can be achieved.
  • People who are exhibiting symptoms of any illness should stay home and refrain from using any PP&R facility. 
  • Follow CDC guidelines and wash your hands before and after you visit a park, trail, or natural area, or any other public space.
  • Follow CDC social distancing recommendations and keep 6 feet from others at all times, including interacting with other park visitors and PP&R staff. If you can’t maintain that distance, find another location or come back another time. 
  • Be prepared for limited access to public restrooms and no operating water fountains. 
  • While on trails, announce your presence to others and step aside to let others pass.   

*Golf course clubhouses are closed as of March 24, 2020. Expect limited or no takeout food service. Do not play in large groups and maintain social distancing of 6 feet apart at all times. As clubhouses are prepped for closure, some courses may need to temporarily close. Please check with your local course before heading over.

Our community’s parks system provides our neighbors with many opportunities to improve their mental and physical health during this public health emergency. 

However, please understand that we will need the assistance and compliance of the entire community with these actions. Let’s work together to slow the spread of this virus and save lives.  


INDOOR RECREATION FACILITIES CLOSED
As previously announced, all indoor recreation facilities, including community centers, pools, arts centers, and Portland Tennis Center are temporarily closed and all indoor and outdoor permitted events are canceled through April 28, 2020. 
This date is subject to change.

All PP&R Recreation division activities are canceled through May 2, 2020. This date is subject to change.

Information about refunds can be found here 

Other Closures Include: 

  • Hoyt Arboretum Visitor Center
  • Saturday Market
  • Oregon Zoo
  • International Rose Test Garden Gift Shop
  • Washington Park’s Cultural Institutions
  • Portland Children’s Museum­
  • Portland Japanese Garden
  • World Forestry Center & Discovery Museum
  • Lan Su Chinese Garden
  • Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden

Info about Portland Int'l Raceway is here.


HOW YOU CAN HELP
PP&R suggests that people who feel sick with cold or flu symptoms should stay home and avoid contact with others. If you have health concerns or questions, please contact your regular doctor. Everyone must take steps to reduce the spread of COVID-19, especially to protect those who are more vulnerable. The Oregon Health Authority also recommends the following steps you can take to prevent the spread of flu, the common cold, and COVID-19:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home while you are sick and avoid close contact with others.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw it away. If you don’t have a tissue, cough into your elbow.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that you frequently touch.
  • If you are traveling overseas, check for the latest COVID-19 Travel Alerts and follow the CDC’s Travelers’ Health guidance: guidance at wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel.

Stay informed about the virus
Please check the following resources for updates about COVID-19 in Oregon and Multnomah County:


Discrimination, stigma and COVID-19
Please see important information from Multnomah County on preventing discrimination and stigma related to COVID-19 by following multco.us/novel-coronavirus-covid-19/discrimination-stigma-and-covid-19.


Click here for COVID-19 Information - Cancellations and Refunds