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All Portland Parks & Recreation division activities are canceled through September 2020 (this date is subject to change).

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Portland Parks & Recreation is reopening assets as allowed by Oregon Health Authority. Visitors are still required, under the Stay Home, Stay Safe order, to maintain 6 feet of physical distance between others and to not assemble in groups larger than 10 people at any park.

While most indoor city facilities remain closed to the general public, vendors and city contractors performing work indoors at Portland Parks & Recreation 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 Oregon Health Authority directive for Multnomah County that face coverings be worn in most indoor spaces. For details, please visit https://multco.us/novel-coronavirus-covid-19/face-coverings-masks-and-covid-19-what-you-should-know.

An illustration of two people standing apart as the sun shines. An arrow indicates they are at least 6 feet away from each other. Text reads "Don’t throw shade. Enjoy the sun safely."

It's warm and Multnomah County is beginning to re-open, but we still 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 for if 6 feet of distance is not maintained.

AssetCurrent Status
Archery rangeOpen
Athletic/sport fieldsOpen, but restricted to small groups only (individual groups of 10 people or less; 25 total people are allowed if groups are separated) to engage in personal fitness. No organized sport play or games allowed on fields; no contact sports / practices allowed.  Fields may host camps if the camp organizers have received PP&R permits.
Basketball courtsClosed
Boat launch/docksOpen – stay 6 feet apart; no groups above 10.
Community centers (including arts centers, pools, and recreation activities)Closed – All PP&R recreation activities are canceled through September 2020. This date is subject to change. For refund information, please visit our Cancellations and Refunds page.
Community gardensOpen – stay 6 feet apart; no groups above 10. For more information, please visit our Community Gardens page
Disc GolfOpen – stay 6 feet apart; no groups above 10; do not share discs.
Dog off-leash areasOpen – stay 6 feet apart; no groups above 10.
Drinking fountainsOpen
Fitness equipmentClosed
Fountains (interactive and decorative)Closed – Interactive fountains and decorative fountains will remain off throughout the summer. 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.
Parking areas and roadsMost parking areas, park roads, and gates are closed to help reduce crowding. See list below for details.
Permits/rentals (indoor facilities)Closed – canceled through September 2020. This date is subject to change. For refund information, please visit our Cancellations and Refunds page
Permits/rentals (outdoor facilities)Permitted picnics and weddings with 25 or fewer people total - in separate groups of no more than 10 people - approved for Multnomah County Phase I. These conditions are subject to change based on guidance from health authorities and elected officials.
Pick-up and organized sport gamesClosed
Picnic sitesOpen – stay at least 6 feet apart; no groups of more than 10 people. 25 total people are allowed if groups are separated. Face coverings strongly encouraged and are mandatory for activities where 6 feet of distance is not maintained.
Playgrounds and play areasOpen
PoolsClosed – All PP&R recreation activities are canceled through September 2020. This date is subject to change. For refund information, please visit our Cancellations and Refunds page
Poet's Beach and River SwimmingOpen – stay 6 feet apart; no groups above 10. Please be aware of water safety and information on posted signage. There are no lifeguards present. More information is available at the Poets 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.
RestroomsOpen – cleaned once per day
SkateparksOpen – stay 6 feet apart; no groups above 10.
Tennis courts (outdoor)Open – Each player must bring their own marked tennis balls. Groups must stay 6 feet apart during play. More info at our Portland Parks Tennis Program page.
Trails and natural areasOpen – stay 6 feet apart; no groups above 10. Some sites have One-Way Trail markers.
Splash padsClosed – Splash pads and interactive fountains will remain off throughout the summer. 
Weddings/ceremoniesWeddings with 25 or fewer people approved in Phase I. Multnomah County remains in Phase I as of August 2020.

Parks COVID-19 Cancellations and Refunds

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

PP&R has developed a one-way trail loop pilot in Forest Park. These loops are intended to reduce the chance of visitor interactions by creating a one-way flow of traffic. Visitors will find maps and signs along each route.

Loop 1: Wildwood/Upper Macleay

  • Length: 1.25 miles
  • Access from:
    Upper Macleay Trailhead on NW Cornell Road
    Wildwood Trailhead at Pittock Mansion parking lot
An map of the Forest Park Upper Macleay Trail Loop Detour.

Loop 2: Leif Erikson/Wild Cherry/Wildwood/Dogwood/Leif Erikson

  • Length: 2.75 miles
  • Access from:
    Leif Erikson Drive on NW Thurman Street
    Wildwood/Keil Trailhead on NW 53rd Drive
    Dogwood/Wild Cherry Trailhead on NW 53rd Drive
A map of the Forest Park Leif Erikson/Wild Cherry/Wildwood/Dogwood Trail Detour.

Loop 3: Forest Park Springville/Wildwood/Trillium/Firelane 7A One Way Loop Map

  • Length: 4.75 miles
  • Access from Upper Springville Trailhead off NW Skyline Blvd
A map of the Forest Park Springville/Wildwood/Trillium/Firelane 7A One Way Loop.

One-Way Trail Loop - Frequently Asked Questions

Why are these routes one-way?  
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.   

What should I do if I see someone going the wrong-way?
You shouldn't feel responsible to enforce the one-way loop. But, you can politely ask someone if they are aware that they are on a one-way loop and inform them why this route is one-way. Kindness goes a long way and positive peer-to-peer interaction can be powerful. 

Am I required to follow the one-way loop direction?
We are asking trail users to follow the recommended direction to provide a better and safer experience for everyone. As with face-coverings, we ask that everyone respect these rules to protect yourself and others.

How do I pass someone on the loop?  I'm a runner, do I have to stay behind someone on the loop if I catch them? 
If you are traveling faster, you may catch up to slower users and need to pass them. As you approach, call out to alert them to your presence. A friendly, “ Hi there, can I pass?” goes a long way. Make sure you have a face covering on. Continue forward, as far to one side of the trail as you can, stepping off, if needed, to pass.

I support the one-way loops but want to go out-and-back on Leif Erikson, is that okay?
Absolutely! Along these routes, narrow trails, like Wildwood Trail, are one-way only. However, the roads and firelanes along each route are still open in both directions, since there's plenty of space to keep 6 feet of distance while passing.

Can I still visit Pittock Mansion? 
Definitely!  Starting from the Upper Macleay Trailhead (Wildwood Trail at NW Cornell Road), climb on Wildwood Trail all the way to Pittock Mansion. On your return trip, about half-way down, follow the one-way loop onto Upper Macleay Trail to return to NW Cornell Rd. Trips starting south of Pittock Mansion are not impacted by the one-way loop.

Can I still get to the Stone House?
Yes, you can! The Stone House is not on a one-way loop. Both the Lower Macleay and Upper Macleay Trailheads will get you there without using a one-way loop.

I start my run/walk/hike from the Wildwood Trailhead on NW 53rd Drive and want to go south on Wildwood. Can I still do that? 
Yes, using a slightly different route!  The one-way loop in that area begins about ¾ mile south of the Wildwood/NW 53rd trailhead, so that’s where Wildwood Trail changes to one-way, going in the south to north direction. You can always go out-and-back to there, but to continue your journey, you can either hop onto the one-way loop, dropping down Dogwood Trail to Leif Erikson and up Wild Cherry Trail, or, from the trailhead, you can take Keil Trail to Wild Cherry Trail and continue heading south on Wildwood Trail from there.  

The Springville loop is too long for me.
Luckily the Springville area has many loop options, so as long as you plan your loop in the clockwise direction, you can take any of the connector trails down or up, using Wildwood Trail in between.  These trails—Trillium, Firelane 7A, Ridge, and Hardesty—can be used to shorten the one-way loop to your desired length.

Specific Parks Closed to Vehicle Traffic

Parking areas and roads:

  • SE Lincoln Street in Mt.Tabor is closed to cars as part of PBOT’s safe streets program.

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.

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

Multnomah County Health Department

Oregon Health Authority

World Health Organization

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.