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Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) has over 200 athletic fields for seasonal, occasional, and tournament play. Fields are suitable for softball, baseball, soccer, football, ultimate frisbee, lacrosse, and more. We also issue permits for select Portland Public Schools uses.

Permit applications are processed and issued throughout the year.

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Guidelines for Reserving Athletic Facilities


Types of Permits

Simple Permits (2-2-2)

2-2-2 athletic play allows for two hours during the week (two hours in one day, or two one-hour blocks during the week), and two hours on one weekend day for no more than two weeks from the date of booking. To apply, call our Customer Service Center (CSC) at 503-823-2525 Ext #3. Processing and usage fees are assessed by facility type, field, and per park for courts. All fees are due at the time of booking.

Leagues, Tournaments, and Camps

Submit a completed application and pay the appropriate processing fees. No application will be processed without the appropriate processing fee. Processing fees are assessed by facility or field, per week for camps, and per park for courts. Camp hours are defined as 8am to 5pm Monday through Friday.


Request an Athletic Field

  1. Fill out the 2024 Athletic Field Detail Chart 
  2. Save the Athletic Field Detail Chart and attach the file to the Athletic Facilities Request Form
  3. You will receive an automatic notification email confirming your application has been received

Once you submit your Athletic Facilities Request Form, a staff member will be notified automatically. They will email you an invoice for the application fee(s) with payment instructions. They will also notify you of any missing documentation necessary to start the booking process. No permit will be created until all appropriate application fees have been paid and all required documentation has been submitted regarding non-profit status, insurance, and waivers.

After receiving payment of the application processing fee(s), we will:

  • Send you a notification statement showing the fields/dates/times booked
  • Ask for your confirmation in writing
  • Ask for a minimum payment of 50% of the usage fees

Following notification, you have 15 days to submit payment for 50% of the usage fees. Applicants who place the remaining fees on an automatic payment plan will receive a 5% discount. Otherwise, the remaining balance will be due at the following times:

  • 25% due on or before permit start date
  • 25% due on or before one month after permit start date
  • If the permit's duration is less than one month, 50% is due on permit start date

If the start date is within two weeks of the date of application, full payment is required up front. If no payment or payment arrangements are made, your permit will be canceled.

If you cannot submit an application online, you can print and complete the Athletic Facility Detail Formand proceed in one of three ways:

  1. Mail your application with cash or a check made out to the address below
  2. Visit our office at the address below during standard business hours and bring your application and cash, a check, or a credit card for payment
  3. Fax your application to (503) 823-2515, and we will contact you for payment

Portland Parks & Recreation Customer Service Center
1120 SW Fifth Avenue, First Floor
Portland, OR 97204

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Athletic Field Permit Fee Explanation

PP&R recognizes its responsibility to provide athletic fields for a variety of sports at many levels of competition. PP&R subsidizes the use of City athletic fields to provide affordable access to its residents. City policy calls for a tiered subsidy for residents based on need, and full cost for other groups. To that end, additional fees will be included on the following specific athletic field uses: commercial, non-resident, and secondary season use.

The number of sport leagues requesting PP&R athletic fields has greatly increased in the past 10 years. Primary and secondary season designations allow PP&R to focus on sports during their primary season by helping to manage overall costs. Secondary season fees have been added to assist in recovering the costs of maintaining fields beyond primary season play.


Primary and Secondary Seasons

Primary seasons are the fixed dates recognized by PP&R as a sport’s main season of play. Secondary seasons are all dates outside of any sport's recognized primary season. PP&R recognizes its responsibility to provide athletic facilities for use by a variety of sports at many levels of competition. These designations allow PP&R to focus support on sports during their primary season. Primary and secondary season sports and application windows can be found below.


Seasonal Field Conversion Schedule

PP&R maintains more than 300 athletic fields and courts. The majority of these fields are converted from one sport to another based on the season. This means that work to set goalposts and field lining for the recognized in-season sport will start on the dates listed below.

Field conversions can take two or more weeks depending on weather and the condition of the park. Since these fields are heavily used, it's important that users help protect this resource. Please do your part by respecting permitted use and staying off the fields when they are too wet. This will ensure player safety and avoid damage to the fields.

Spring and summer field conversion begins on February 16. Fall field conversion begins August 16.


Apply to Use an Athletic Field

  • Applications for spring primary season sports due: December 15, 2023
  • Applications for spring secondary season sports due: February 15, 2024
  • Applications for fall primary season sports due: June 1, 2024
  • Applications for fall secondary season sports due: July 15, 2024
  • Applications for winter due: September 15, 2024

No single sport or organization may exceed 50% of the capacity of our synthetic fields if demand remains.

Recognized In-season Sport Schedule

Spring/Summer: February 16 - August 15
  • Lacrosse
    • February through May (primary)
  • Rugby - Youth
    • February through May (primary)
  • Baseball - Youth
    • March through July (primary)
  • Softball – Youth
    • March through July (primary)
  • Soccer - Youth
    • April through May (secondary) (weekend games only)
  • Ultimate Frisbee
    • April through June (primary)
  • Baseball - Adult
    • April through August (primary)
  • Softball – Adult
    • April through August (primary)
Fall: August 16 - November 30
  • Football
    • August through November (primary)
  • Rugby - Adult
    • August through November (primary)
  • Soccer - Youth/Adult
    • August through November (primary)
  • Cross Country
    • September through October (primary)
Winter (synthetic fields only): December 1 - February 15
  • Soccer - Youth
    • December through February (primary

In addition to the primary sport season, PP&R issues permits based on the following priorities:
  • Programs sponsored by PP&R
  • Games and practices sponsored by Portland Public Schools
  • Other reciprocating youth agencies
  • Additional users based on field availability

Ongoing Permit Support

If you have any questions about your permit(s), need to make any booking changes, or would like any additional permit support, please email ParkSportsPermits@portlandoregon.gov or call (503) 823-2525 Ext. #3.

You can also access your online account, view existing permits, and make payment through our reservation portal.  

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Mailing address

Portland Parks & Recreation Customer Service Center
1120 SW Fifth Avenue
Portland, OR 97204