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Parks & Recreation

Healthy Parks, Healthy Portland

Phone: 503-823-PLAY (7529)

Fax: 503-823-6007

1120 SW Fifth Ave., Suite 1302, Portland, OR 97204

Parks & Gardens

Help Washington Park visitors with information, directions or just a friendly hello. The Park Hosts have no set schedule; they just don vests and carry leaflets whenever they walk the park. Contact Bob Lustberg, 503-223-5946, or Steve Pixley, 503-823-5121.

The 2013 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 - we will teach. Help establish the Garden's tour guide program. Contact or call Parks Volunteer Services at 503-823-5121. 

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

  • Garden Preparation
    Join PP&R's rose curator in performing tasks to bring the garden to "show quality" appearance. Every Tuesday any time between 9:00 AM-noon. Meet at the Information Kiosk.
  • Deadheading Roses
    Mid-May through September. Volunteers are needed any time Tue-Fri between 7:00 AM-2:00 PM, and Monday evenings between 6:00-8:00 PM.
  • Garden Tours
    Volunteers conduct 45-minute guided tours of the garden daily at 1:00 PM beginning May 29. Meet at the Rose Garden Store.

Peninsula Park Rose Garden
Interested in attending a free rose class? Learn about rose care on Sunday, June 23, at Peninsula Park Community Center.

Deadheading roses takes place mid-May through September. Volunteers are needed any time Mon/Wed/Fri between 8:00 AM-noon. Contact Volunteer Services, 503-823-5121. View the slideshow of the 2009 "deadheaders" at Peninsula Park Rose Garden.

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 & Bryant. For more info, email Ginger.

Cathedral Park - Clean up along the Riverbank
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 for more information. For 2013: Sunday, March 24; Sunday, April 21; Sunday, June 23; Saturday, July 13; Friday – Sunday, July 19 – 21 (in conjunction with Cathedral Park Jazz Festival. Details are forthcoming); and Sunday, August 25. All work parties are from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM.
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. For further information on Portland Organic Productions: