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Fernhill Park Nature Patch

A view of the Fernhill Park Nature Patch

In partnership with the Bureau of Environmental Services, this natural forest garden includes a wide variety of native plants, split-rail fencing, logs and boulders, and a gravel path. The nature patch is on the hilltop that overlooks the splash pad and dog off-leash area.

Learn more about Nature Patches in Portland
Portland Parks & Recreation is adding nature patches to developed park landscapes to provide natural experiences for people and habitat for wildlife. Nature patches are unique natural garden spaces that support native pollinators and offer fun opportunities for education and exploration.

Fernhill Park Splash Pad, Playground, and Waterline Repairs

Work on the splash pad and restroom renovations project at Fernhill Park is complete. As announced at the August 25, 2019, splash pad opening celebration, Portland Parks & Recreation is pleased to share that cost savings on this project will be used to provide significant playground improvements to the existing playground at Fernhill Park, located near NE 37th Avenue and Ainsworth Street. These improvements will provide ADA accessibility to all new equipment, increased fall protection zones, and new site furnishings including benches and picnic tables. 

The existing whirl, teeter-totter, slide, and swings will be removed and replaced with new equipment in a new location closer to the other play equipment. The equipment located within the existing playground curb line will all be retained in its current location. By expanding the playground north, we are able to incorporate more play equipment providing increased play value for you and your children.

Here is a list of the new play equipment coming to Fernhill Park's playground:

  • Slide
  • Teeter totter
  • Three swing sets, featuring individual, toddler, and group swinging options
  • Two individual spinners
  • Whirl
  • Wood arch climber

The full list of project improvements at Fernhill Park include:

  • Benches and picnic tables
  • Full restroom renovation
  • New irrigation system
  • Potable water service to the existing restroom
  • Sidewalks along the park frontage on NE 37th Avenue
  • Splash pad
  • Two drinking fountains
  • And soon, a newly improved playground!

Project Overview

Fernhill Park is getting new play equipment, a splash pad, renovated restrooms, new water service lines, pathways, benches, irrigation improvements, and other park amenities, thanks to funding from the Parks Replacement Bond and System Development Charges. Fernhill Park is located at NE 37th Avenue and NE Ainsworth Street.

Project Timeline

  • Spring 2018 - Summer 2018: Splash Pad and Restroom Construction
  • August 25, 2018:  Splash Pad Grand Opening
  • Fall 2018 - Winter 2018-2019: Playground Construction

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According to rumor, the land that is now called Fernhill Park was used as a dumping ground for stolen cars. Auto thieves would steal cars, take them to the ravine, and strip them down for parts. Portland Parks & Recreation 'rode to the rescue' and removed briar patches, graded the hills, and planted grass – turning this one-time valley of vandals into a beautiful park for everyone to enjoy!

In 2018, Fernhill Park received a new splash pad and an expanded play area with new play equipment thanks to funds from the 2014 Parks Replacement Bond and System Development Charges.

Park Location or Entrance

NE 37th Avenue and Ainsworth Street
Portland, OR 97211

Open hours

Park hours: 5:00am-midnight

To reserve a sports field, call 503-823-2525.

Park amenities/activities

Horseshoe Pit
Nature Patch
Picnic Table
Dog Off-leash Area
Paths (Paved)
Baseball Field
Soccer Field
Softball Field
Splash Pad
Volleyball Court

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