About Portland Parks & Recreation

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Who we are, and what we do at Portland Parks & Recreation.
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Portland's parks, public places, natural areas, and recreational opportunities give life and beauty to our city. These essential assets connect people to place, self, and others. Portland's residents treasure and care for this legacy, building on the past to provide for future generations.


The mission of Portland Parks & Recreation is to help Portlanders play - providing the safe places, facilities, and programs which promote physical, mental, and social activity. We get people, especially kids, outside, active, and connected to the community. As we do this, there will be an increase in the wellness of our residents and the livability of our city. We accomplish this through:

  • Establishing, safeguarding and restoring the parks, natural areas, public places, and urban forest of the city, ensuring that these are accessible to all;
  • Developing and maintaining excellent facilities and places for public recreation and community building;
  • Providing dynamic recreation programs and services that promote health and well-being for all;
  • Partnering with the community we serve.

Organizational Values

  • Quality, responsive service to our diverse customers and partners.
  • Community participation in program and project planning.
  • Innovation, creativity, and excellence in all we do.
  • Openness, honesty, and respect in all relationships.
  • A diverse and culturally competent workforce.
  • Transparent, ethical, and accountable decision making.

Director Adena Long

PP&R Director Adena Long
PP&R Director Adena Long

Adena Long was appointed Director of Portland Parks & Recreation in February 2019. She brings to this role over 25 years of experience in the parks and recreation industry and in management. A native of New York, Director Long started her career at the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation as a seasonal Urban Park Ranger in 1997. In this role she contributed to informing and educating park visitors on some of the most well-known well visited city parks in the country - and it sparked a full-time career in parks and recreation. 

"Starting out as a Park Ranger was really good grounding for my career in parks and provided me with the insight and empathy to effectively make decisions that affect our frontline field staff," she says. 

Director Long steadily moved up the ranks, and in 2010 became the first woman of color and youngest-ever, to serve as Parks Borough Commissioner. During her tenure at the department, Director Long also served in the citywide capacity of Assistant Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner. 

"It was indeed an honor and a privilege to serve in those roles, and I carry a lot of what I learned with me to my position as Director of Portland Parks & Recreation," she says. 

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Meet Director Adena Long | Portland.gov

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Director's Calendars

Reproductions of the daily work calendar for the director of Portland Parks & Recreation. The current calendar is updated quarterly. 


Equity Statement

We recognize, understand, and encourage celebration of the differences that surround us. Diversity and equity are vital to Portland Parks & Recreation's ideals and values.

Meaningful Access Statement

It is the policy of the City of Portland that no person shall be excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination in any city program, service, or activity on the grounds of race, color, national origin, disability, or other protected class status. Adhering to Civil Rights Title VI and ADA Title II civil rights laws, the City of Portland ensures meaningful access to City programs, services, and activities by reasonably providing: translation and interpretation, modifications, accommodations, alternative formats, and auxiliary aids and services. To request these services, contact 503-823-2525, or for Relay Service or TTY, contact 711. 

Translation and Interpretation

Request an Accommodation or Contact an ADA Coordinator

Strategic Plans

Portland Parks & Recreation's planning cycle includes the development of a strategic plan every three to five years. Each strategic plan is a stepping stone toward fulfilling the Parks 2020 Vision.

Contact us

General Inquiries

Customer Service Center
1120 SW Fifth Avenue, First Floor
Portland, Oregon 97204
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Commissioner Dan Ryan
1221 SW 4th Avenue, Room 240
Portland, Oregon 97204

Portland Park Rangers

Media Relations Questions and Inquiries
503-823-5300 (office) 
503-823-6634 (mobile) 


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