Portland Parks & Recreation is committed to establishing a more financially sustainable direction – for the long term. As part of that commitment, bureau leadership led a Council Work Session on November 26, 2019 to get feedback about how best to align community expectations with funding levels.
Portland Parks & Recreation encourages the use of parkland as a research laboratory in areas such as urban ecology and recreation, especially where research results can help build our knowledge base related to our parks and/or their management.
Portland Parks & Recreation is always looking for motivated and responsible individuals to join our aquatics staff. We offer lifeguard certification, swim instructor training, and water fitness instructor training classes year-round.
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Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) maintains a variety of sports fields across the city. These include soccer, football, baseball, and softball fields. PP&R also issues permits for Portland Public School District fields.
Free bike and walk maps produced by the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) include the Citywide bike map, five neighborhood bike and walk maps, the online Portland Bike Map and maps for suggested bike rides around Portland and the metro area.
Portland Parks & Recreation and the Homelessness and Urban Camping Impact Reduction Program (HUCIRP) have partnered together to keep 54 parks restrooms open to the public during this emergency. We expect these restrooms to be accessible at all hours of the day.
Portland Parks & Recreation is committed to the overall Citywide vision that race will have no detrimental effect on people of color, refugee and immigrant communities in accessing our parks and natural areas, or from the benefit of our services.
All field trips include a break mid-way through for students to stop and have a snack. You are welcome to bring your own snacks for your group, have them bring their own, or Environmental Education can supply snacks for your group at a rate of $1/student attending.
Parks & Recreation's Fitness in the Park helps community members achieve their fitness goals while adhering to physical distancing recommendations and connecting to nature in our parks. All fitness levels are welcome.