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Parks & Recreation

Healthy Parks, Healthy Portland

phone: 503-823-7529

1120 SW Fifth Avenue, Portland, OR 97204

Colonel Summers Park
Basketball court
Colonel Summers Park
SE 17th Ave & Taylor St Locate this site in PortlandMaps

General Info
Acreage: 5.88
Acquired in 1921

Includes accessible picnic area, basketball court, BEECN – basic earthquake emergency communication node, paths – paved, picnic shelter, picnic site – reservable, picnic tables, playground, softball field, statue or public art, tennis backboard, tennis court, and volleyball court.
Accessible Picnic Area Basketball Court BEECN – Basic Earthquake Emergency Communication Node</It> Paths – Paved Picnic Site – Reservable Picnic Tables Playground Softball Field Statue Or Public Art Tennis Court Volleyball Court

Special Information
Park hours: 5:00am-10:00pm

To reserve a sports field or picnic area, please call 503-823-2525. Picnic Site Maps & Info

BEECN - A Basic Earthquake Emergency Communication Node (pronounced beacon) is a place to go in Portland after a major earthquake to ask for emergency assistance if phone service is down, or report severe damage or injury. More information here.

Wading Pool Update
PP&R has closed its wading pools for health and safety reasons, as required by new State of Oregon regulations. In 2002, an inventory and assessment of wading pools was completed. Based on those recommendations, as well as input from maintenance and planning staff, PP&R has identified 17 wading pools for replacement and 7 for elimination. Please read the FAQ for more information.

Historical Information
Originally called Belmont Park, this site was renamed in 1938 in honor of Colonel Owen Summers, a former member of the Oregon Legislature. Summers was the commanding officer of the Second Oregon Volunteers Regiment in the Spanish-American War. He also introduced the bill which later created the Oregon National Guard.

In the southwest corner of this park there is a huge rock, which came from Kelly Butte. This rock holds a bas relief image of Colonel Summers on a bronze plaque.