Errol Heights Park

A view of the lower trail and wetland from the elevated walkway that joins the lower and upper sections of the park.
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Grand Opening Event Information

Join us to celebrate the completion of Errol Heights Park and BES and PBOT’s Errol Heights Street and Stormwater Improvements with free snacks and fun!  

Date: Saturday, June 1st, 2024
Time: 10:30am-12:00pm
Where: Errol Heights Park, 4714 SE Tenino Dr. (near the Community Gardens)
LIMITED PARKING: Walk, roll, or bus (#75) if you can!

Access information: 

  • Shuttle service with lift capabilities will be provided from the event parking lot at 8330 SE 45th Avenue to the entry point of the event near the community garden (starting at 10:30am and running every 15 minutes).
  • ASL interpretation will be available during the program beginning at 11:00am
  • All user accessible restroom
  • ADA paved paths
  • Quiet park areas

Información del Evento de Inauguración

¡Acompáñenos a celebrar la finalización de Errol Heights Park y Street and Stormwater Improvements, de parte de PBOT y BES, con botanas gratis y actividades divertidas!

Fecha: Sabado, 1° de junio, 2024
Hora: 10:30am-12:00pm
Donde: Errol Heights Park, 4714 SE Tenino Dr. (cerca del jardín comunitario)
ESTACIONAMIENTO LIMITADO: ¡Camine, ruede, o tome el autobús (#75) si puede!

Información de Acceso:

  • Servicio de transporte con capacidad de ascensor será desde el estacionamiento en 8330 SE 45th Avenue hasta la entrada del evento cerca del jardín comunitario (a partir de las 10:30am y cada 15 minutos).
  • Interpretación de ASL será disponible durante el programa a partir de las 11:00am
  • Baño accesible para todos los usuarios
  • Caminos accesibles de la ADA
  • Areas tranquilas en el parque

About Errol Heights Park 

The reimagined 16-acre park protects and restores natural wetland and riparian areas, improved trails and expanded paths for better accessibility, installed artwork celebrating the unique landscape, and created new play and picnic areas on the upper plateau among other improvements. See the full list of features in the Accessibility Notes section below.

In 2018, retired former Parks Commissioner Amanda Fritz appointed a Community Advisory Committee to update the 2005 Master Plan and set community-supported priorities for the construction of park improvements and public engagement. Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) contracted with Mayer|Reed to develop the new park design and a proposal for park programming.

During the bidding process, the Wenaha Group joined as the Construction Management/Owner's Representative for construction. Through a low bidding process, Paul Brothers Inc., was awarded the construction contract for this project. 

PP&R coordinated with neighborhood street and storm water improvement projects led by the Portland Bureau of Transportation and the Bureau of Environmental Services to reduce impacts to the neighborhood.

Art Installation

Artist team, Terresa White and Mike Suri, were selected in 2021 to create a sculptural artwork that celebrates the unique landscape and ecology of Errol Heights Park. Located in the upper plateau of the park, the artists have created a 15-foot sculpture that will invite neighbors, gardeners, walkers, birders, skateboarders, and visitors to experience its natural and recreational areas. This collaborative artwork includes three tall, slender steel forms with cup-like organic shapes and contours that echo the park's trees and flora, collecting and draining rainwater. A bronze mask is attached to each of the three steel forms, combining human faces with various flora and fauna of the park that includes a blue heron, an owl, a peacock as well as maple, white oak, and red alder leaves.

Funding Sources

The $12 million for the new park come from System Development Charges for Parks, Trails, and Natural Areas. In early August 2018, Commissioner Fritz announced additional funding for Errol Heights Park, from $5.3 million to $12 million, to allow a full build out for the updated Master Plan for the natural and developed areas of the park rather than a phased-approach. The additional funding will also allow Portland Parks & Recreation to design a more inclusive play area.

Year acquired
Size in acres

In 1999, Barbara Schnabel, widow of George Schnabel, sold her home and the 2.32 acres surrounding it to PP&R. For more than 30 years George had been working to build a new family home and workshop of salvaged heavy timbers from Portland's old warehouses. While working mostly alone constructing the home and workshop, he also sought to create a landscape that was a sanctuary for people and wildlife.

Accessibility Notes

Bus lines

75, 71, 34


Parking is limited to paved, on-street adjacent to a curb or 8-foot wide gravel shoulders. Ensure cars do not block through traffic: do not park on narrow shoulders, ditches, and do not block driveways or ramps.

Parking is not permitted on the Tenino Ct. cul-de-sac. 

The streets in the neighborhood are still under construction, please be conscious of where parking has been removed.

Play areas

  • Diverse areas for a variety of skill levels
  • Forever Lawn surfacing

Play equipment

  • Splash pad
  • Spinner
  • Slide
  • Sound instruments
  • Sensory play elements
  • Ramps
  • Skate spot (smaller skateboard area)

Other amenities

  • Portland Loo
  • 11 picnic tables (five are ADA-accessible)
  • Soft and hard surface improvements
  • Viewpoints
  • 337-foot walkway connecting upper and lower portions of the park
  • Community garden
  • Educational areas
  • Lawn area
  • Public art sculpture
  • More than 450 trees planted

Park Location or Entrance

SE 52nd Avenue and Tenino Street
Portland, OR 97206


Open hours

5:00 am - 12:01 am (midnight)

Upcoming Events


Anna Brown

Community Engagement Coordinator

Past construction

Park amenities/activities

Paths (Unpaved)
Paths (Paved)
Accessible Picnic Area
Accessible Play Area
Accessible Restroom
Nature-Based Play Area
Picnic Table
Splash Pad
Basketball Court
Skate Park

Park policy

  • All dogs must be leashed in this park.