Colonel Summers Park

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About Colonel Summers Park

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.

Portland Parks & Recreation, the Buckman Community Association, and the Colonel Summers Task Force have been working on tactics and strategies for increasing positive uses for Colonel Summers Park for several years. Park additions and improvements include many varieties of projects including capital improvements, maintenance projects, enforcement activities, and more. 

Portland Loo and Splash Pad 

A Portland Loo and splash pad have been installed in Colonel Summers Park. Funding for the Loo is thanks to the Parks Replacement Bond, and System Development Charges (SDCs) funded the splash pad. The splash pad replaces the decommissioned wading pool. The work also included replacing the existing path from SE Taylor Street with a new ADA-accessible route from SE Taylor to the picnic pavilion.

  • Spring 2016 - Fall 2016:  Design Development and Public Involvement

  • Fall 2016 - Spring 2017:  Construction Documents, Permitting, and Bidding

  • April 2017 - mid-September 2017:  Construction

  • September 17, 2017:  Opening of Loo and Splash Pad

Pavilion Improvement

PP&R secured funding and hired an architect to design the enclosure for the picnic pavilion. A preferred option was chosen after the December 2015 community meeting and shared at the February 2016 Buckman Community Association meeting.  

Update March 2017
The gate installation is done, and this project is completed.

  • Fall 2015 - Winter 2015/16:  Design Development and Public Involvement 

  • Spring 2016 - Summer 2016:  Construction Documents, Permitting, and Bidding

  • Fall 2016 - Winter 2016/17:  Gate Fabrication and Installation / Construction

Size in acres

5.99

Year acquired

1921

History

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.

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Picnic site

In this Park Facility

Park Location or Entrance

Colonel Summers Park main entrance
SE 17th Avenue and Taylor Street
Portland, OR 97214

Open hours

Park hours: 5:00am-10:00pm

To reserve a sports field or picnic area, please call 503-823-2525. Picnic Sites and Info

Park amenities/activities

Paths (Paved)
Softball Field
Splash Pad
Basketball Court
Tennis Backboard
Volleyball Court
Accessible Picnic Area
Accessible Restroom
Statue or Public Art
Picnic Table
BEECN – Basic Earthquake Emergency Communication Node
Playground
Picnic Shelter

City section

SE