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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.
In 2002, an inventory and assessment of wading pools in Portland parks was completed. Based on those recommendations, as well as input from maintenance and planning staff, PP&R identified 17 wading pools for replacement and seven for elimination. The wading pool at Colonel Summers Park was closed for health and safety reasons, as required by State of Oregon regulations, after the summer of 2009.
In 2017, Colonel Summers received several major improvements. A decorative picnic shelter enclosure and new splash pad was installed thanks to System Development Charge funds. Funding from the 2014 Parks Replacement Bond provided a Portland Loo and removal of ADA barriers on the pathway from SE Taylor Street to the picnic shelter.