COVID-19 Freeze for Multnomah County

The four-week (minimum) freeze is in effect through December 16th.

COVID-19 Updates, Closures, and Postponements

All Portland Parks & Recreation division activities are canceled until further notice. Please reference the amenities list on this page for complete details.

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Working together with Multnomah County

To help protect our community from the rapid spread of COVID-19, Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) is following guidance from public health authorities and instructions from elected officials. 

Per guidance from the State of Oregon, face coverings are required in Oregon for everyone age five and older in all indoor public spaces and outdoors when you cannot keep 6 feet from non-household members.

Some park facilities remain closed, and all visitors are required to maintain 6 feet of physical distance between others. Indoor and outdoor social gatherings are limited to no more than 6 people total and no more than two households present as of November 18, 2020.

Kids two years of age and older may also wear a face covering, as long as they are able to remove it themselves. For their safety, children under two years old should never wear a face covering.

While most indoor City facilities remain closed to the general public, vendors and City contractors performing work indoors at Portland Parks & Recreation buildings are required to wear face coverings. In addition, contractors, volunteers, and vendors who are performing work outdoors in parks and cannot maintain 6 feet of distance from others must wear face coverings. Finally, those who lease space from the City of Portland are required to comply with the State directive that face coverings be worn in indoor spaces. For details, please visit multco.us/novel-coronavirus-covid-19/face-coverings-masks-and-covid-19-what-you-should-know.

We need to work together to keep the virus from spreading.

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for more than 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer
  • Wear face coverings in public
  • Practice physical distancing by keeping 6 feet from others if you must go out in public
  • Stay close to home except for essential trips
  • Stay home if you don't feel well
  • Respect park facility closures

Please follow ALL public health guidelines and maintain 6 feet of physical distancing with other park and trail users, including PP&R staff who are out working.

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What's Open and What's Closed

Face coverings strongly encouraged and are mandatory if 6 feet of distance is not maintained – inside or outside.

AssetCurrent Status
Archery rangeOpen
Athletic/sport fields

Open – Intraclub games are restricted to small groups of no more than 50 total people (including participants and spectators) per field. Only non-contact sports are permitted. Basketball, football, men's lacrosse, and rugby are prohibited. All individuals must follow COVID-19 safety guidelines including wearing a face covering and keeping at least six feet of physical distance from others at all times.

Basketball courtsClosed
Boat launch/docksOpen – Stay 6 feet apart; no groups above 6.
Community centers (including arts centers, pools, and recreation activities)Closed – All PP&R recreation activities are canceled and community centers are closed until further notice. For refund information, please visit our Cancellations and Refunds page.
Community gardensOpen – Stay 6 feet apart; no groups above 6. For more information, please visit our Community Gardens page
Disc GolfOpen – Stay 6 feet apart; no groups above 6; do not share discs.
Dog off-leash areasOpen – Stay 6 feet apart; no groups above 6.
Drinking fountainsOpen
Fitness equipmentClosed
Fountains (interactive and decorative)Closed – Interactive fountains and decorative fountains will remain off. Drinking fountains are open.
Golf CoursesOpen – Clubhouses are closed, except for restrooms. Food and beverage are limited and available for take-out only. For more information, visit our Portland Parks Golf page.
Ladybug Nature Walks / Environmental EducationCanceled through December 16, pending further public health guidance.
Leach Botanical GardenClosed through December 16, pending further public health guidance.
Mt. Tabor Visitor CenterClosed through December 16, pending further public health guidance.
Parking areas and roads

Park roads and parking areas are open.

Permits/rentals (indoor facilities)Closed – Canceled through January 2021. This date is subject to change. For refund information, please visit our Cancellations and Refunds page
Permits/rentals (outdoor facilities)

Closed - Canceled through December 16, pending further public health guidance.

Pick-up and organized sport gamesOpen – Only non-contact sports are permitted. Basketball, football, men's lacrosse, and rugby are prohibited. All individuals must follow COVID-19 safety guidelines including wearing a face covering and keeping at least six feet of physical distance from others at all times.
Picnic sitesPermits are not being issued for picnic sites due to the Governor’s “4-Week Pause” in Multnomah County. Drop-in use allowed with groups no larger than 6 people.
Playgrounds and play areasOpen – Except sand play areas are closed.
PoolsClosed – All pools are closed until further notice. For refund information, please visit our Cancellations and Refunds page.
Poet's Beach and River SwimmingOpen – Stay 6 feet apart; no groups above 6. Please be aware of water safety and information on posted signage. There are no lifeguards present. More information is available at the Poet's Beach page. Entering the water is not allowed at Kelley Point Park.
Public gardensMost are open; however, gardens operated by our partners or third parties may be closed. Please contact our public gardens before visiting.
RestroomsFor the most up-to-date restroom and hygiene station information, please visit portland.gov/pbem/emergency-handwashing-stations.
SkateparksOpen – Stay 6 feet apart; no groups above 6.
Tennis courts (outdoor)

Open – Each player must bring their own marked tennis balls. Groups must stay 6 feet apart during play. More information is available on our tennis program page.

The Portland Tennis Center will temporarily close on Tuesday, November 17, through at least December 16, due to recent public health guidance. We will extend PTC memberships to reflect the duration of the closure. 

Trails and natural areasPlease refer our Trail Closures and Delays page which contains the list of closures. When open, stay 6 feet apart; no groups above 6. Forest Park has One-Way Trail markers. 
Splash padsClosed – Splash pads and interactive fountains are closed.
Volunteer eventsPP&R’s events for volunteers are canceled through December 16, pending further public health guidance. Check with your organization for info about volunteer events put on by partners.
Weddings/ceremoniesClosed - Effective November 18, 2020, permitted social events, including picnics and weddings, are not allowed due to the Governor’s “4-Week Pause” for group activities. Contact the PP&R Customer Service Center for information.

Natural Area Trail Etiquette

A graphic illustrating proper physical distancing while on Portland Parks trails.

For the safety of all visitors, the following trail etiquette is now required in all Portland Parks & Recreation natural areas: 

  • Keep six feet distance. Stop and step off-trail when needed.
  • Wear a face covering. Do your part to protect our community.
  • Pass with caution and care. Faster users must pass with courtesy.
  • Leave no trace. Leash your dog and pack out dog waste – it's the law!

Forest Park One-Way Trail Loops

One-way travel is a great way to reduce the number of times trail users have to pass each other on the trail. Offering one-way loop options in these high-use areas allows more people to use narrow trails with fewer interactions. These one-way loops will help us achieve 6-foot physical distance recommended by the Governor in both indoor and outdoor spaces.

Additional information a maps for One-Way Trail Loops in Forest Park is available at portland.gov/parks/forest-park.

  • Loop 1: Upper Macleay Loop
  • Loop 2: Wild Cherry/Dogwood Loop
  • Loop 3: Springville Loop

How to Stay Safe

Portland Parks & Recreation has monitored the COVID-19 situation since it began. We continue to be in communication with, and to follow the guidance of, the Oregon Health AuthorityMultnomah County Health Department, and the Portland Bureau of Emergency Management regarding the situation.

  • People who are exhibiting symptoms of any illness should stay home and refrain from using any PP&R facility. 
  • Follow CDC guidelines and wash your hands before and after you visit a park, trail, or natural area, or any other public space.
  • Follow CDC physical distancing recommendations and keep 6 feet from others at all times, including interacting with other park visitors and PP&R staff. If you can’t maintain that distance, find another location or come back another time. 
  • Be prepared for limited access to public restrooms and no operating water fountains. 
  • While on trails, announce your presence to others and step aside to let others pass.   

Our community’s parks system provides our neighbors with many opportunities to improve their mental and physical health during this public health emergency. However, please understand that we will need the assistance and compliance of the entire community with these actions. Let’s work together to slow the spread of this virus and save lives. 

For any other City info related to COVID-19, please visit https://portland.gov/novel-coronavirus-covid-19.

How You Can Help

PP&R suggests that people who feel sick with cold or flu symptoms should stay home and avoid contact with others. If you have health concerns or questions, please contact your regular doctor. Everyone must take steps to reduce the spread of COVID-19, especially to protect those who are more vulnerable. The Oregon Health Authority also recommends the following steps you can take to prevent the spread of flu, the common cold, and COVID-19:

  1. Wash your hands often with soap and water. If not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  2. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  3. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  4. Stay home while you are sick and avoid close contact with others.
  5. Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw it away. If you don’t have a tissue, cough into your elbow.
  6. Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that you frequently touch.
  7. If you are traveling overseas, check for the latest COVID-19 Travel Alerts and follow the CDC’s Travelers’ Health guidance: guidance at wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel.

Stay Informed About COVID-19

Please check the following resources below for updates about COVID-19 in Oregon and Multnomah County. For additional resources, call 211.

Multnomah County Health Department

City of Portland

Oregon Health Authority

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

Discrimination, stigma, and COVID-19

Please see important information from Multnomah County on preventing discrimination and stigma related to COVID-19 by following multco.us/novel-coronavirus-covid-19/discrimination-stigma-and-covid-19.