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Colonel Summers Park

Colonel Summers Park Splash Pad
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Basic Earthquake Emergency Communication Node (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 can be found on the Basic Earthquake Emergency Communication Node page. 

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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 2017, Colonel Summers Park received several major improvements. A decorative picnic shelter enclosure, new splash pad, and picnic tables were 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.

Park Location or 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

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

Park policy

  • All dogs must be leashed in this park.


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