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Parks & Recreation

Healthy Parks, Healthy Portland

phone: 503-823-7529

1120 SW Fifth Avenue, Portland, OR 97204

Parks and Gardens


Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden
The volunteer season is beginning. Meet at the Coolhouse every Wednesday, from 9:00 am to noon, until November. Bring a sandwich and join other volunteers for lunch afterwards. Gardeners wanted. No experience necessary. Contact csrgvol@me.com or call Parks Volunteer Services at 503-823-5121.


International Rose Test Garden at Washington Park
Contact the Rose Garden at 503-823-3636, or Volunteer Services at 503-823-5121.

  • Garden Preparation
    Join PP&R's rose curator in performing tasks to bring the garden to "show quality" appearance.
  • Deadheading Roses
    Mid-May through September. Volunteers are needed Mid-May through September. 
  • Garden Tours
    Volunteers conduct 45-minute guided tours of the garden daily.

Peninsula Park Rose Garden
Deadheading roses takes place mid-May through September. Contact Volunteer Services, 503-823-5121.


Arbor Lodge Park
Quarterly work parties, dates and times TBD. Join neighbors to weed and maintain the park without chemicals! Meet at the west ballfield between N Dekum and Bryant. For more information, please email Ginger at ginger.edws@gmail.com.


Cathedral Park
Join Portland Organic Productions in making a positive difference for the environment and the community by picking up litter, removing invasive plants and covering up graffiti in beautiful Cathedral Park. Please meet under the St. Johns Bridge at the amphitheater off N Edison and N Pittsburgh. Join in this community-building effort and bring a water bottle, friends and family, and a desire to make a positive change. Please wear slip- and water-resistant close-toed shoes as well as durable clothes. Contact portlandorganicpro@gmail.com for more information.

About Portland Organic Productions
Portland Organic Productions provides clean up services in St. Johns and Cathedral Park year around. They remove litter, graffiti, and invasive plants, as well as install native plants and sometimes murals for community enjoyment.