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Healthy Parks, Healthy Portland

phone: 503-823-7529

1120 SW Fifth Avenue, Portland, OR 97204

Colonel Summers Park
Basketball court
Colonel Summers Splash Pad
Colonel Summers Park
SE 17th Avenue and Taylor Street Locate this site in PortlandMaps

General Info
Acreage: 5.88
Acquired in 1921

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

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.

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. These improvements included a decorative picnic shelter enclosure and new splash pad thanks to System Development Charge funds, a Portland Loo, and removal of ADA barriers on the pathway from SE Taylor Street to the picnic shelter.