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Courtesy Rules and Prohibited Activities for Visitors

Portland Parks & Recreation strives to make our community centers, parks, natural areas, and recreation facilities a place where you and your family can feel as welcome, comfortable and safe as possible. We direct all patrons and employees to comply with the law and Portland City Code Chapter 20.12
As a courtesy to other park users, here are a few reminders of courtesy expectations for you while you are at a Parks facility:
  • Follow the safety and program directions of PP&R staff.
  • Be a good role model for others, especially children and youth.
  • Use language that is appropriate for visitors of all ages and refrain from derogatory, violent, hateful, or explicit language.
  • Be safe, for the benefit of yourself and everyone else.
  • Leave no trace – pack out what you pack in at our parks and our facilities.
  • Respect the confidentiality of patrons and fellow employees.
  • Respect other people and their space.
  • Respect the equipment, supplies, and facilities of PP&R. At community centers, this includes not bouncing balls in hallways, bringing bicycles into buildings, eating or drinking in non-designated areas, and bringing non-service animals into buildings or leaving animals unattended.
  • Do not leave young children unsupervised.

You may be excluded, ejected, or issued a citation for prohibited activities on park property, such as:
  • All forms of harassment or inflicting physical harm, as defined by state law.
  • Defacing or damaging property.
  • Behavior, conduct or activity that obstructs, disrupts or interferes with the operations, business, or permitted activity at parks or community centers. This includes disruptive behavior that may be the result of being under the influence of any intoxicating substances.
  • Causing a public health concern, such as personal hygiene that creates a potential of bodily fluid exposure for other visitors or staff.
  • Riding a wheeled device inside a building, except for persons needing such devices to be mobile.
  • Smoking in prohibited areas (inside, near entrances, and in all PP&R properties).
  • Soliciting or conducting business in a park or community center without a permit.
  • Parking in prohibited areas.
  • Any other violation of City Code Chapter 20.12 or other relevant state or city laws.